Tips for Safe and Healthy Travel
Going travelling? We're here to help.
Put your mind at ease
Part of your travel planning should include speaking with a Travel Clinic Pharmacist at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure to find out about any necessary vaccinations or medications you might need.
Protect yourself from possible illness or discomfort by preparing ahead of time, and you'll be able to enjoy every moment of your adventure.
Travelling with a health condition
Just because you have a chronic health condition, it doesn't mean you shouldn't travel. Make the necessary plans with one of our pharmacists to ensure you make the most of your travels - and enjoy your trip just like everyone else:
- If your trip will take you outside Canada, your first step should be to consult your doctor or a travel clinic to see if you require any vaccinations.
- Carry a letter from your doctor explaining your condition and any medical supplies you require (including injectables and medical sharps).
- Carry a record of all medications you take and the vaccinations you have had. Keeping your health records - including medication and vaccination lists - up-to-date will provide a convenient place to record this important information.
- If you will cross time zones, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice about whether you will need to adjust your medication dosing schedule.
- Be sure to take along enough extra medication to last in the event your return is delayed.
- Wear medical identification jewellery that can alert health professionals of your condition in the event of an emergency.
- Arrange for health insurance before you leave.
Protecting your travel documents
- Keep your passport and other important papers safely hidden in a money belt, secure bag, or travel document holder. Never let these documents out of your sight unless they are safely locked in a hotel safe.
- Before you leave for your trip, photocopy or scan and print the front page of your passport; make several copies. Keep one copy in a file at home, give one to a trusted friend or family member, and bring another copy on your trip - but keep it separate from your actual travel documents.
- If you do lose your passport, call the passport agency and report the document missing; then find the nearest embassy or consulate and start filling out forms. You will need to provide the issue date, issuing agency, passport number, expiration date, and possibly proof of citizenship, so having all this information at your fingertips will accelerate the replacement process.
- Photocopy or scan and print copies of your credit cards and bank cards, keeping a copy separate from your wallet.
- For a complete list of the 260 Canadian consular offices worldwide, visit www.travel.gc.ca or call 1-800-267-6788 or 1-613-944-6788.
You can use your ATM card to access local currency during your trip without carrying large amounts of cash with you.
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