Travel Emergency Kit
In preparing for travel the prospective traveler should put together a traveler's "first aid" kit. Contents of the kit may vary depending upon the individual traveler's itinerary and personal medical circumstances.
In general the following items would be useful to include in an international travel emergency kit:
- Copy of medical records and extra pair of glasses
- Prescription medications
- Over-the counter medicines and supplies
- Decongestant, cold medicine, cough suppressant
- Antibiotic/antifungal/hydrocortisone creams
- Pepto-Bismol tablets, antacid
- Band-Aids, gauze bandages, tape, Ace wraps
- Insect repellant, sunscreen, lip balm
- Tweezers, scissors, thermometer
U.S. medical insurance is generally not accepted outside the United States, nor do the Social Security Medicare and Medicaid programs provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside the United States. There are health insurance policies designed specifically to cover travel, and it may be wise to purchase such coverage. Many travel agents and private companies offer insurance plans that will cover health care expenses incurred overseas including emergency services such as medical evacuations.
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