You travel to discover a new country, a new region, a culture, people… Most of the time, we know which activities we want to do without thinking about pratical aspectl like health. Before starting your bag, a quick reminder of suggestions to prioritize before you leave.
1. Consult a travel-health professional
Our first recommendation is to consult a healthcare professional, specialized in travel health to have all-important information concerning your next destination. Volyse’s healthcare team is there to provide specific and tailored recommendations on important medicines to take before you travel, suggested or required vaccines, and general precautions related to the visiting country. The advantage of using a travel-health specialized service is the insights and quality service you may receive from knowledgeable professionals.
2. Plan a travel health consultation 4 to 8 weeks before departure
You should consult a travel health specialist at least 4 to 8 weeks before your departure. Many vaccines and medicines need to be administered or started few weeks before destination arrival. You should be proactive and consult several weeks in advance to avoid delays in preventive treatments.
3. Prepare a health kit
Having a medication health kit is quite important. This kit should also include the regular medicines you use, recommended medication from your travel health consultation, and medications that may be useful for various minor ailments that may occur once you reach your destination. For example, think of bringing tablets for headaches, nausea, allergies, upset stomach, etc.
Being well equipped reduces the risks of trip interruption cause by ailments. It prevents loosing time looking for a doctor or a pharmacist, and potential misunderstandings caused by language barrier.
Volyse’s professionals can help you to well prepare this Health Kit, ask any question you have in mind during your consultation to be sure you don’t forget anything.
4. Get travel insurance
It is important to have medical travel insurance regardless of the visiting destination. We are unfortunately never fully immune to health problems or an accident while traveling, and health services for foreigners can be quite expensive. Your medical travel insurance usually refunds some (or all) of these costs (hospitalization, medical consultation, etc.).
5. Make sure there are no restrictions to your medication in the visiting country
Our last recommendation is something often overlooked by travelers crossing borders. Once you cross a border with medicines, you are under the jurisdiction of the visiting country. Some over-the-counter medications sold in Canada may be considered as prescription drugs in some countries or even illegal. Some countries also have ‘importation’ quantities restrictions. Sometimes, having a copy of the prescriptions can be required before entry. Please note that, an illegal medication is illegal regardless of the documents you may have. It is highly recommended to carry your medicines in your carry-on or hand luggage, and have each medication identified with the label of your pharmacy to reduce potential problems when crossing boarders. Consulting the Canadian Embassy in the visiting country may also be a good reference in case of uncertainty.
From Volyse team,
Have a safe trip!