Personal Health Inventory

Before any international travel:

  • Visit the CDC’s Travelers’ Health website to educate yourself and others who may be traveling with you about any disease risks and CDC health recommendations for international travel in areas you plan to visit.
  • Be sure you are up-to-date with all your routine vaccinations, and see your doctor or healthcare provider, ideally 4–6 weeks before travel, to get any additional vaccination medications or information you may need.
  • Assemble a travel health kit containing basic first aid and medical supplies. Be sure to include a thermometer and alcohol-based hand gel for hand hygiene.
  • Identify in-country healthcare resources in advance of your trip.
  • Check your health insurance plan or get additional insurance that covers medical evacuation in case you become sick. Information about medical evacuation services is provided on the U.S. Department of State web page Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad.

Also to consider

Have you made preparations to avoid problems with any of the following common issues?

  • Ability/Disability Issues
  • Allergies
  • Contraceptives
  • Culture Shock
  • Dental Care
  • Dietary Concerns
  • Drinking
  • Emergency Resources
  • Exercise
  • Eyeglass Prescriptions
  • Gender-Sensitive Healthcare
  • Health and Safety Advisories/Warnings
  • Hepatitis Protection
  • Immunizations
  • Insurance
  • Medications/Medical Supplies
  • Psychological Issues
  • Regional Health Issues
  • Sexuality
  • Sleep Patterns
  • Smoking
  • Support Networks/Friends & Family Values

(Source: NAFSA: Association of International Educators)