Vaccinations are an important and necessary part of your pre-departure travel preparation. Before you travel, you will want to be sure your vaccinations are up-to-date and that you are adequately vaccinated against any local illnesses possibly found at your destination. Luckily, there are many destinations, such as the U.S. and Europe, that do not need special vaccinations, but it is important to be aware of any issues that exist in the region that you will be visiting. Even if you think that you are current on your vaccines, talk to your doctor about whether it is time for a booster. Many of the older vaccinations will require an update.
For the most accurate and up-to-date vaccination information, consult the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This will allow you to search for the region(s) you will be visiting and get the information that you need. Once you have visited the site, make an appointment at your local travel clinic or physician's office where you will be able to obtain the needed vaccinations and information about those vaccines. There are areas where malaria medication will be suggested. Talk to your doctor about the best preventatives to decide which is right for you.
Staying healthy when on your trip will be a priority. Unfortunately, there are many locations where a mild stomach upset is inevitable. But there are many ways to maintain your health while on the road and being adequately prepared will be one of them.
Be sure to take with you any prescription medicines that you currently take. Pack them in your carry-on and if possible in the original container. In addition, you will want to be sure to carry any over-the-counter medicines that you generally use, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc. Many things can be purchased on site, but when travelling internationally it is always best to carry your own supply.
Additionally, if you are travelling to an area where you might encounter some stomach issues due to water or new foods, be sure to carry a small supply of Tums or Pepto Bismol tablets on hand. And you can never go wrong taking a probiotic when you are on the road.
For more information on what to take with you, consult our packing lists or call us to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. After years of travelling in a variety of circumstances, Tenacious Traveller can provide a number of travel tips for staying healthy while you are on the road.