Before you head out
Swing by the Center for Disease Control website which gives specific advice for individual countries. This includes a list of possible health risks, immunizations you should get done, and even a list of recommended items to take with you. If you have health concerns, visit your physician some weeks before you travel, and ask their advice about which medications to take with you in your travel first aid kit. They’ll be able to offer clear and specific advice, and prescribe any necessary medication for you to carry along. But don’t go overboard: These are the 14 things you’ll almost always regret packing.
Start with any prescription meds and keep them in the original containers so people can see at a glance what you’re carrying. This will save delays (and possible confiscation), by border security. Ask your pharmacist for smaller labeled bottles if your usual ones are too large for traveling, and use tamper-proof containers, especially if traveling with children. Take enough for an few extra days, in case you get delayed. Sharon Carlson, RN, director of Emergency Preparedness at Sharp Healthcare, San Diego, has more advice: “I always recommend folks who take regular medication keep a list of their normal medications, what the doses are, when they take them, and their physician’s contact details. Fold that little list up and put it in a wallet or a purse. Then if something were to happen, first responders can pull that list out, and it helps them to know what medications they’re on.”