The following checklist will assist you in preparing for international travel. Print this list and cross through the items that do not pertain to your travel plans.
- Learn about your destination. Specifically you will want to research type of accommodations, food and water preparations requirements, type of geographical areas you’ll visit, and medical service available.
- Visit Cooper Pediatrics for a Travel Consultation 4-6 weeks prior to your departure.
- Get appropriate immunizations for your destination. If needed, obtain an International Certificate of Vaccination or yellow card and keep it with your passport.
- Have a dental check-up and complete medical examination, especially if traveling for two months or more.
- Arrange for an adequate supply of your prescription medications.
- Obtain a medical alert bracelet for medical conditions such as diabetes or drug allergies.
- Purchase an extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses and sunglasses.
- Obtain a directory of English speaking physicians.
- Collect items for a first aid travel kit, especially if traveling long-term, or off the usual tourist routes.
- Check your health insurance coverage.
- Buy additional health/accident travel insurance. Ensure you are covered for any current health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy, etc.
- Remember your identification and necessary papers. (Passport, visa, yellow card, etc.)
This checklist is not all inclusive. Travel smart. Consult with your Cooper Pediatrics health care professional for advice on planning a safe and healthy trip.