Prior to traveling, whether overseas or not, make sure that vaccinations stay up to date, as well as scheduling a visit with a medical provider..

Here are a few tips on traveling safety:

  • Stay up to date on vaccinations- Some shots require to be taken up to 6 weeks prior to leaving the country. Check with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to see what shots are needed before going on the trip.
  • Schedule a visit with the doctor- Prior to the trip, visit with a doctor to discuss any concerns that you may have.
  • Ask When to Take Medications- You will change time zones while traveling and this can affect the times to take medications, since a few can be time sensitive. Ask the doctor whether it is better to take it normally or to switch to the local time. Also carry necessary medications with you on the plane. To avoid complications, make sure to keep the medications in the original container with the label visible.
  • Protect from Infection- To prevent infection, pack hand sanitizer to use while using public transportation, visiting highly populated areas, or if there is limited access to clean water.
  • Prevent Dehydration- The air inside the airplane is dry, so it is important to bring water on the plane to keep hydrated. Pack a reusable water bottle that you can fill up anytime while traveling.