Healthy Travel

Many will travel for vacation, volunteer service or work this year, and many of those travelers will fly or visit locations outside the United States. Whether traveling near or far, paying attention to simple precautionary tips will keep you safe and sound during the visit. The three main “P’s” for safe travels are:

  • Plan the trip
  • Prepare for the destination
  • Protect yourself

Plan for the Trip

graphic of a computer and list of to do items Opens in new windowWhether visiting a new destination or returning to grandmas for the holidays, planning for the journey will lessen the hassle. Click on the graphic to the left to research the destination for travel highlights, government warnings and potential dangers. A travel agent, travel guide or tourism website can provide you with information about the climate and conditions at the destination.

Prepare for the Trip

As Americans expand their travels to new and exotic destinations, they can become exposed to infections, diseases and other items that may threaten their well-being. Nurses in the Travel Health Clinic will consult with travelers to determine recommended precautions, and health department staff can assist with applications for travel identification documents.

Travel Health Services

Protect Yourself during the Trip

Whether you’re traveling for work, service or relaxation, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and use common sense to stay stress-free during the visit. Even though you’re away from home, you will need to practice healthy behaviors such as obeying local laws and customs, wearing a seatbelt, following proper hygiene, being careful about food and water.

Packing a travel health kit can make the trip more comfortable. Here are a few things to include:

  • Necessary identification and travel documents (pack in an easily accessible location)
  • Prescription medication (include a note from your medical provider)
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Sunscreen and sunburn relief creams
  • Insect repellent
  • Basic first aid items