Preparing for overseas travel
One of the most important steps in preparing for overseas travel is to have all of your travel documents in order. According to passport acceptance agents in the Recorder's Office at the Wadena County Courthouse, it is taking 4-6 weeks to have a ...
One of the most important steps in preparing for overseas travel is to have all of your travel documents in order. According to passport acceptance agents in the Recorder's Office at the Wadena County Courthouse, it is taking 4-6 weeks to have a passport issued. If you expedite, it is taking 3-4 weeks. If overseas travel is in your future, be sure to plan ahead.
Secondly, plan to travel healthy! When planning to take prescription medications, remember some foreign trade names are different from those in the U.S. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for generic drug names rather than brand names. Another good idea is to carry a prescription for your eyeglasses, as losses do occur. All medications that will remain with you in your carry-on bag must be in the original bottle with the prescription attached. Place them in a quart-sized, see-through baggy that can be placed in the bin for security to view.
For anyone with special health problems, be sure to travel with a medical report prepared by a physician that outlines medical history. It will assist a foreign doctor if any problems arise. In addition don't forget to carry a medical alert card in your wallet or purse. Cards are available at most pharmacies. Be sure to ask your doctor what shots and/or vaccinations you may need for a specific area of travel. If any shots are needed, plan to get them well in advance in case of a reaction.
In some situations, travelers require special diets. Plan to notify your tour operator or cruise line in advance. Some can and will accommodate special needs. If you are diabetic, plan ahead and be prepared. Let your health care provider know of your travel plans. Ask if there are any special needs or precautions. Be sure to take ample testing supplies. Also remember to inform your airline before going through security. It would be wise to have a letter from your physician stating your need for supplies such as syringes. Being prepared will help prevent delays while going through security.
For travelers with disabilities, remember to tell your travel agent or tour operator what requirements and/or needs you may have well in advance of your travel date. They will be able to assist in making arrangements for your needs to be met. If medical assistance is needed while overseas, ask for the nearest university teaching hospital ER room, or call the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for a recommendation.
No one wants to have a toothache while traveling, so see your dentist before departure. Take care of any dental needs well in advance.
Lastly, make sure you are covered! Check your regular insurance policy to see if you have a travel clause covering you for personal injury or medical needs. Medicare is not valid outside of the United States. You may want to purchase low cost travel insurance. Ask your travel agent about prices and options.
With advance planning, you can avoid many unpleasant surprises. Surprise and awe should be reserved for all of the wonderful sight, sounds and smells of your travel adventure.