Vacation is a time for you to unwind and explore new places. But in order to have the stress-free trip you’ve been dreaming of, there are a few things you should do before you leave town. This list of tips will save you time and energy when planning your next big vacation.
1. Pack your medication
The medication you bring shouldn’t be limited solely to prescriptions. Visiting a new location can mean being exposed to new pollens, plants, foods, insects and other things that may trigger an allergic reaction, so it’s a good idea to pack some over-the-counter allergy medication just in case. A small box of pain relievers is also a good idea just in case you were to suffer a fall or twist an ankle. Bringing some medications is especially important when traveling to foreign or remote areas where a pharmacy may not be readily accessible.
2. Get the appropriate vaccinations
Vaccines are highly important when traveling to certain countries. Individuals with weakened immune systems are at an even greater risk for things like yellow fever, Meningitis and Hepatitis. Before traveling, find time to meet with a travel health specialist who can analyze your medical history, review your travel itinerary and assess which vaccinations are of highest priority for you. It’s also a good idea to check the latest travel health notices posted by the CDC.
3. Organize important documents
Of course you’ll be researching all the recommended places to eat, popular tourist activities and local weather. However, you should also spend some time doing your homework on the nearest hospitals, health clinics, pharmacies and U.S. embassies. Write down phone numbers and addresses and keep them with you wherever you go. Keep in mind that internet service may be spotty where you’re going so you can’t always rely on your smartphone.
It also doesn’t hurt to write down a list of any of your known allergies and medical conditions as well as your emergency contacts in case you are unable to communicate this information.
4. Understand how your insurance coverage works abroad
If you are on Medicare, it’s important to know that Medicare does not provide coverage for most emergency care received outside of the U.S. and select territories. So if you were to become sick or injured while on a foreign trip, you may be left paying for it without any insurance.
However, there are six Medicare Supplement Insurance plans that provide 80 percent coverage for foreign travel emergency care.
If you think you will be traveling outside of the United States, it may be worth it to enroll in one of these Medicare Supplement Insurance plans.
No matter where you’re traveling, being prepared for your trip will give you the peace of mind you need to enjoy your vacation all the more.