Infographic: Prepare for Everywhere - Travel Preparedness
Prepare for Everywhere: Travel Preparedness
Traveling around the world is becoming easier and easier. Prepare for your next trip abroad with these tips to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.
- Each day, airlines carry 1.8 million passengers over international borders.
- US residents made more than 58 million trips abroad in 2011.
Protect Your Health
Illness could be just a plane ride away.
- Visit Your Doctor: Make an appointment with your health care provider at least 4-6 weeks before you travel.
- Vaccines & Medicines: Be up to date on routine vaccines and get recommended travel vaccines and medicines.
- Be Informed: For your specific health needs, know how to get medical care abroad if you are sick or injured.
- Health Insurance: Check your health insurance to see if it includes international travel coverage.
- Without insurance a medical evacuation can cost $100,000 or more.
- Consider getting travel health insurance and medical evacuation insurance.
- Nearly 50% of medical evacuations are due to a car crash.
Know Before You Go
- Check for US Department of State travel warnings and CDC travel health notices. Visit www.cdc.gov/travel/notices
- Know the health risk at your travel destination. Learn local warning systems, evacuation routes, and shelters.
- Designate an emergency contact and share travel plans, important documents, and travel information.
Bring a Travel Health Kit with:
- Prescription and over-the-counter medicines for diarrhea, allergies, motion sickness, and pain or fever
- Sunscreen and insect repellent
- First-aid supplies: bandages, antiseptic, aloe, thermometer
- Health Insurance cards and copies of prescriptions
Have a Plan
- Be prepared if an emergency occurs while you are traveling.
- Identify a safe place your family can meet if separated.
- Keep a list of emergency contacts with you when you travel. Include:
- Home emergency contact
- The U.S. embassy or consulate
- Health care facilities
- Register with the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Travel Enrollment Program before traveling.
Play it Safe
- Make the most of your trip by taking steps to remain safe & healthy.
- Regularly check in with your contact person at home.
- Follow instructions from local emergency and public health officials.
- Contact the local US embassy or consulate if you need help.
- See a doctor if you become sick or injured on your trip.
- Use sunscreen and insect repellent.
- Make safe food and drink choices.
- Follow road safety tips.
When You Return
- Monitor your health after travel for signs of sickness
- If you are not feeling well, see a doctor and mention that you recently traveled