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Packing for a Healthy Vacation

Want to stay healthy while traveling in the U.S. and abroad? Prepare before you leave and take some essentials along for healthy travel.
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Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

No matter where you're traveling, one thing should go with you, stay with you, and come home with you: your health.

While travel, whether domestic or foreign, broadens one's mental horizons and refreshes a zest for life, it is also fraught with chances for illness and injury. So the best advice is the Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared. Follow these four steps.

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Step 1: Plan Ahead for Health

Most of us have busy lives. We all have a lot to do before we can leave for vacation. But many of us don't do these things until the last minute. The resulting frenzy of activity leaves us exhausted - just when we'll be needing our physical and emotional strength for travel.

If this sounds like you, try something new this vacation. Using a calendar for the month before you leave, plan just one task for every day. Sure, there will be some last-minute details, but you'll have so much more done.

Step 2: Check Your Prescriptions

If you need any kind of prescription medicine, either on a daily or as-needed basis, make sure you've got enough to last the length of your trip. Make a list of all of these medicines and take it with you in case your luggage gets lost. Keep this list separate from the medicines themselves, in case your luggage is lost or stolen.

If you're traveling to another country, you'll want to take extra precautions:

  • Carry prescription medicines in their original, labeled bottles.
  • Your medicine list should include the generic name of each drug. That's because some drugs have different brand names in other countries. (All drugs, even those not sold over the counter, have generic names. If you don't know the generic names of your medicines, ask your pharmacist.)
  • The U.S. State Department advises travelers to check with the foreign embassy of the country they are visiting to make sure any required medications they carry are not considered to be illegal narcotics.
  • If you have pre-existing medical problems, it's wise to carry a letter from your doctor describing the condition and any medicines used to treat it.

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