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Travel Health Resources

Review these travel health tips and resources to help you research your destination, develop a medical care plan, and stay healthy while traveling.

Medication & Allergies

  • Consult with travel health professional before bringing any medication abroad.
  • Bring enough medication for your entire time abroad (plus some extra). It may not be possible to refill your medication abroad.
  • Note that some medications commonly prescribed in the United States, for example, Ritalin, cannot be legally brought into other countries. Discuss your options with a travel health professional. 
  • If you are traveling with medication or medical devices, for example, syringes or medication that must be refrigerated, review the Transportation Security Administration guidance for passing through airport security
  • Pack all medication in your carry-on bag (not in checked luggage). You do not want to be without your medication if your bags are lost.
  • All prescription medication should be in its original packaging with your name on it.
  • All over-the-counter medication, for example, Tylenol, should be in its original packaging.
  • If you have significant food allergies, you may consider purchasing some translation cards for food and drug allergies, special diets, and medical needs


Food & Water Safety

  • Make sure you know whether the local water is safe to drink. Consult with International SOS by phone (1-215-942-8478) or online.
  • In areas where the water is not drinkable, only drink bottled water. Do not put ice in your beverages.
  • In areas with a hot climate, prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of bottled water.
  • Select food that is thoroughly cooked, fresh, and served hot. 
  • Avoid food sold by street vendors. If you plan to eat adventurously while abroad, consult a travel health professional before you leave for recommendations.
  • Avoid fresh fruits and vegetables unless you can peel them yourself.
  • Avoid dairy products that have not been pasteurized. 


  • Do not pet stray animals.
  • Prevent animal bites by avoiding direct contact with wild or captive animals. if you are traveling on a program that involves working with animals, follow the safety advice of professionals.
  • If you are bitten by an animal, seek local medical care. You may call International SOS for advice.
  • You may be unfamiliar with the local animal species, including whether an animal if venomous or dangerous. Research your destination in advance and contact with local, trusted experts.
  • Dress appropriately. In some areas, you may need to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.
  • Use insect repellent if you are traveling to a location with mosquito-borne diseases like malaria or Zika. Consult with a travel health professional for more specific advice.