Useful Tips for Travelers
At a travel health consultation you will receive a comprehensive travel report, but here are a few general points that all travelers should consider:
BEFORE YOU LEAVE
- Have adequate travel insurance including evacuation insurance.
- Pack all necessary documentation such as passport and/or yellow fever vaccination certificates.
- Bring enough prescription medications for length of your trip and a few extra days. When flying, have them in your carry on luggage if possible.
WHILE YOU ARE AWAY
- Eat food that has been recently and thoroughly cooked, boiled, or are able to be peeled. Avoid raw foods, anything washed in water, and ice cubes.
- Use an insecticide containing at least DEET 30% and cover up with clothes in high risk areas
- Use a sunscreen SPF 30 or more and reapply regularly. Cover up when possible including wear a hat.
- Children under 6 months cannot use sunscreen so keep them well protected from the sun.
- Get out of your seat during long flights and walk around regularly.
- Always practice safe sex.
- Avoid dogs, monkeys, and bats even if someone said they are safe. If bitten, immediately wash with soap and water and seek medical attention.
- Respect and observe local laws and customs.
WHEN YOU RETURN HOME
- If you develop a fever or feel sick within a few months of travel, see a physician and make sure you tell them you were out of the country. Fever in a returning traveler should be considered malaria until proven otherwise.
For more information, click here to book an appointment with Polaris Travel Clinic and Pharmacy in Airdrie.