When we travel abroad, it means that we are going somewhere where know little about or we don’t know anything about at all. That’s why I thought it might be necessary to share some useful information for people travelling to foreign countries. I like to start with issues concerning what to pay attention about health.
1.) Please remember that the medicines you are using in your own country may have different commercial names in the country you visit. So it is best if you learn not the trademark of your medicine, but the Latin name of the components or the ingredients of the medicine.
2.) Please ask your local doctor to prepare a report to be delivered to the doctor in the country you visit, including your name, your address, your social security number, the phone numbers to be called in case of emergency, blood type, the names of the medicines you keep using. In your report, please also state the names of the meds you are allergic to, as well as the reasons of why you stayed in a hospital, if there is any.
3.) Please take 2 units of the stuff which you have to use regularly and which are expensive and hard to purchase in foreign countries. This might be your glasses, your contact lens etc…
4.) Please refer to your doctor or your dentist about the reliable people or health centers in the country you visit.
5.) The toothache is a very strong type of ache which no one likes to have especially when you are abroad. So, please visit your dentist in order not to have any problems with your teeth. Please also take the meds your dentist consults, to be ready for any problem like this.
6.) Please inform your agency about your special conditions of eating. You may be a vegetarian or you do not like salt in your food at all.
7.) Please remember to check if your health insurance cover the accidents or illnesses you might have during your trip.
8.) Please be informed in advance if there is any health insurance programme that your travel agency offers.
9.) Please make sure that you have all the vaccines you need to have, since some countries like Liberia, Sudan etc. ask for an international vaccine document against pyrexia.
10.) Please refer to your doctor if you are diabetic. The diabetic people should not interrupt their cure wherever they are and they have to carry insulin with them during their trip.
11.) If you are disabled, please get information about the location of your hotel, or how long you will be travelling in a bus or a plane and for how long you will have to travel on food. Please also remember to ask for the first line in your plain because the airlines usually reserve these seats for the disabled people.