Before you travel, the following checklist will help you to prepare for a safe and healthy trip:
Schedule an appointment with your doctor well in advance of your trip.
Have necessary immunizations for your destination.
Check insurance coverage for travel abroad.
Have your insurance information cards and claim forms with you.
Get a letter from your doctor regarding your health history, medications, allergies, and immunization records.
Have an emergency release form.
Complete the inside page of your passport with important identification and emergency contact information.
Have an ample supply of medication. Keep all prescription and over-the-counter medicines in original, labeled containers. Do not use pill cases or other unlabeled containers.
Carry along extra prescriptions, as well as a letter from your doctor explaining your need for the drug, as some countries have strict laws regarding narcotics.
Carry along the generic names of your medications as pharmaceutical companies overseas may use different names from those in the United States.
If you wear eyeglasses, take an extra pair with you.
As an extra precaution, pack extra eyeglasses and medication in carry-on luggage in case checked baggage is lost.
Consider wearing a "medical alert" bracelet if you have allergies or reactions to medications, insect bites, certain foods, or other unique medical problems.
Pack a travelers' first aid kit for on-the-road emergencies. Visit the CDC website for a complete list of what to include.
Discuss with your doctor how you will take medication as you cross time zones.
Pack epinephrine (EpiPen) and antihistamines if you have severe allergies. They should always be kept within close reach.
Check with the American Embassy or Consulate to inquire about the types of medications allowed into the country you are visiting.