Getting sick or injured while traveling isn't likely, but it does happen. If you're not prepared it can be a scary and stressful situation.
While you don't need to worry, the best way to prepare is to make a plan and take precautions. Here are three easy things to make the thought of medical issues while traveling more manageable.
1. Buy Travel Insurance
Travel insurance can help you get home in the case of an emergency. It's much more affordable than the cost of medical repatriation, and is an excellent idea if you can afford it.
Be sure that the insurance policy you buy covers transporting you to your desired destination. Otherwise, the travel insurance company may only cover transporting you to an adequate facility. An adequate facility may still be many miles from the your preferred facility.
2. Make Copies Of Important Documents
Documentation can be one of the largest hurdles when trying to get medical help abroad.
Make copies of important documents, and share them with someone at home who can help you in a medical emergency.
Examples of important documents are:
- Passports and Visas
- Health insurance ID cards.
- Doctors contact information
- Current medical information and prescriptions.
3. Resupply Your Medications
It's important to make sure you have enough medication for the entire duration of your trip before you leave. The CDC recommends taking an extra supply with you in case of emergency. If you’re injured or become ill while abroad you won't have to worry about running out. You might also consider wearing a medic alert bracelet for any medical conditions or allergies you have.