Travel Health

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[edit] General advice

  • Check what vaccinations you need at least six weeks before you travel.
  • Wear a high factor sunscreen. Be cautious between 11am and 3pm.

[edit] Health insurance

  • Always ensure that you have adequate insurance before you start your journey.
  • If you are a citizen of an European Economic Area country or Switzerland and you are travelling to another such country, you should get an E111 form or a new European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which is being phased in. Wikipedia UK FCO website This is a reciprical arrangement between the countries to provide basic treatment to each other's citizens when travelling. Note that this doesn't replace travel insurance, even for short trips, as pre-existing medical conditions are excluded but some travel insurance requires you to have a valid one for you to be covered. Be aware that some forms have recently been withdrawn and need to be reissued; check before you travel.

[edit] Pre-existing medical condition

  • If you have a pre-exsting medical condition, inform your insurance company before travel. Depending on the condition, your current health and the company, they may cover you completely, make a specific exclusion for the pre-existing condition or refuse cover. If the later, a letter from you doctor indicating that there is no problem with you travelling may help or if you are a member of any support organisation, check with them as they have suggestions as to which company is <insert condition> friendly.

[edit] Medication

Remember that attitudes to medication may be strict when you travel. Keep labels and documentation in clear view. --RB 12:05, 5 Apr 2005 (EDT)

[edit] Non-prescription

  • Advil: Ibuprofen-based drug, similar usage to Aspirin. See also Wikipedia:Advil.
  • Aspirin: To avoid the 'tourist class' syndrome on long travels. See also Wikipedia:Aspirin.
  • Imodium: Particularly useful if you're traveling to places where the popular diet is significantly different from your own. See also Wikipedia:Imodium.
  • Saline Nasal Spray: The humidity on airplanes is very low and leaves your nasal passages dry and more subject to catching a cold from the recirculated air on the airplanes. Use this every couple hours and you'll be much less likely to catch a cold.
    • Don't buy the decongestant nasal spray--it has the opposite effect of the Saline and will make your nose snot-free but extremely dried out on an airplane. --PSzalapski 11:33, 1 Jun 2005 (EDT)

[edit] Prescription medication

  • Keep your medication in the original packaging (perhaps flatten boxes if they are too bulky) and have an up to date copy of your prescription and if possible a letter from your doctor.
  • Always ensure that you have enough of your meds to cover your stay and if possible take two complete sets; one in your checked luggage and another in your hand luggage. In the event of losing either, you can still stay for your expected duration and otherwise give yourself some contingency if you have to stay longer than you expect.
  • Imodium: Particularly useful if you're traveling to places where the popular diet is significantly different from your own. See also Wikipedia:Imodium.
  • Cheap Travel Insurance: Insurancebookers is delighted to provide a wide variety of cheap travel insurance for all types of trip or holiday
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