Traveling abroad on vacation is always a pleasant experience, but to be sure of fully enjoying it, we must not neglect our health when we are away from home.

  •     Basic medications
  •     Recommendations for travelers with any disease
  •         Chronic diseases
  •         Pre-existing diseases

When traveling and packing it is important that we do not forget to prepare a small first-aid kit with the basic medicines for a trip that we might need and that could save us traveling to a medical center or to a consultation during the holidays.

  •     Analgesics and anti-inflammatories such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, if a tooth hurts.
  •     Antidiarrheals such as loratadine or racecadotril.
  •     Antihistamines such as loratadine or polaramine.
  •     Sachets with oral rehydration salts.
  •     Antiemetics such as metoclopramide or domperidone.
  •     Sun protection creams.
  •     Mosquito and other insect repellent.

    Material for basic cures such as tape, sterile gauze, scissors, tweezers, antiseptics such as tincture of iodine.

  • map of europe with medicines and a thermometer

Recommendations for travelers with any disease

Chronic diseases

If the person suffers from a chronic disease that requires them to take medication every day, they should try to carry enough medication for every day of the trip. It is important to always carry this medication with you and not check it in suitcases.

Medicines must be in their original containers and with the prospectuses, as well as with a prescription from the usual doctor in case it is necessary to buy them abroad, always knowing the generic name of the drug. As a precaution, it would be advisable to carry the medication in duplicate in your checked luggage.

Chronic diseases that require medical advice in an International Health Center are considered as a priority cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, chronic hepatitis, diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, serious mental disorders, chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, immunosuppression from medication or HIV infection, severe anemia, and previous thromboembolic disease

Pre-existing diseases

Travelers with a pre-existing illness must bring a brief updated medical report, the contact details of their doctor, an authorization to transport medication for personal use in English as well as the aforementioned medication necessary for the entire trip.

Travelers with pacemakers should always carry the document indicating what type of pacemaker they have implanted and remember that they cannot pass under metal detector arches. It would be advisable to carry a document stating that you are a pacemaker carrier and cannot pass under these arches translated into the language of the country of destination to avoid problems.

Obviously, traveling to some countries also implies the need to be properly vaccinated to avoid serious infections, such as yellow fever, typhoid fever or hepatitis, or to do prophylaxis against malaria. Said vaccinations and the sanitary recommendations about the country of destination are carried out in the International Vaccination Centers that depend on the Ministry of Health. You must make an appointment well in advance and pay for the visit and vaccinations. You can find out which centers you can go to on the website of the Ministry.

With these logical and basic recommendations, you can now rest easy and enjoy your vacation without surprises or setbacks.

And remember that MAPFRE travel insurance allows people who are going to travel for any reason to be protected against mishaps related to their health, personal accidents, luggage, delays or cancellation, among others.

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