Advice

The internet has the latest information regarding health issues  of travel.  The best source of facts on travel health is the Web site of the Center for Disease Control.  The CDC's Blue Sheet includes a list of areas with quarantinable diseases such as yellow fever.  The Green Sheet provides inspection scores for all cruise ships. Need information for vaccinations, or tips for the pregnant traveler?  Use the CDC's Yellow Book.  The web site is www.cdc.gov/travel.

The following is a list of medications recommended for everyone's travel bag, no matter what your destination.

Ultrathon Insect Repellent
Repellents with higher concentrations of deet protect longer against bugs. "Find something with 30 percent deet or more. Ultrathon is a 34 percent deet lotion with a time-release formula that lasts up to 12 hours.

Dramamine
Dramamine helps prevent motion sickness when taken at least 30 minutes before traveling.

Imodium A-D
When diarrhea strikes, Imodium can stop the symptoms within 30 minutes, unlike Pepto-Bismol, which takes up to six hours to kick in.

Benadryl
In addition to alleviating hay fever symptoms, this drug can be used to treat hives and an itchy nose or throat caused by food allergies.

Neutrogena Sunscreen
Many Neutrogena sunscreens are made with a formula called Helioplex, which the company says helps stop UVA absorbers from degrading too quickly—making the sunblocks last longer.

Zithromax

This prescription antibiotic is the most effective diarrhea cure—especially in places like India and Thailand where bacteria are becoming more resistant to Cipro. For quick results, take four 250-milligram pills with Imodium.

Cortaid
Cortaid Maximum Strength anti-inflammatory cream contains 1 percent hydrocortisone, which is the highest concentration available without a prescription. The cream soothes rashes and bug bites.

Pepcid Complete
The drug eases heartburn by combining a stomach-acid reducer with an antacid. "But be careful mixing antacids and antibiotics—it can reduce the effectiveness of the antibiotic.

Band-Aids & Neosporin
 Bring a bunch of Band-Aid sizes on trips to treat everything from a blister to a banged-up knee.. And Neosporin keeps cuts from getting infected.

Advil
The ibuprofen in Advil not only reduces pain and fevers, it also can relieve inflammation of the muscles and tendons after a long hike—Tylenol doesn't do that at all.

 

iamat.org -The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers has a network of English speaking doctors in 125 counties.

istm.org - International Society of Travel Medicine is a directory of 1,200 travel specialist physicians

travmed.com - Lists travel clinics and sell products such as repellant and security wallets. 

 

FLYING WITH PETS

To find out the customs regulations of your country of destination , go to www.aphis.usda.gov: click on "Travel with my pet" on the "Related Topics" menu. Many rules have changed recently.

The site lists vaccinations, quarantines, certificates and other requirements in most foreign countries and has links to state authorities that can provide more information.

For example, the EU requires a special 15 digit microchip which is available at pettravel-store.com and should be implanted by a licensed veterinarian.  Pettravel.com has a library of downloadable national and international immigration forms and offers tipe on traveling  with a pet by car, train, ferry or  plane.


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