You can use this checklist to get ready for your trip abroad.
Arrange for Travel Health Services, if needed:
☐ See instructions at UHS Travel Health Services
Prepare for your trip:
☐ Provide emergency contact information through the U-M Travel Registry, which helps the University facilitate communications in case of an emergency. This is recommended for all faculty, staff, and students traveling outside the US on University-related activities.
☐ Arrange for Travel Abroad Health Insurance: All U-M students, faculty and staff traveling abroad for U-M-related activities are required to have the U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance. It is also available for students, faculty and staff on leisure travel abroad.
☐ Visit the Transportation Security Administration website for information about security and packing including medication and medical devices.
What to bring:
If you use prescription medications and/or supplies:
☐ Take enough medication refills to last your entire trip, including some extra just in case. Call your insurance company a few weeks before leaving to get a vacation override if you will be out of the country for an extended period of time.
☐ Keep medication in the original, labeled containers to avoid confusion and to use as a reference.
☐ If you take a narcotic or any injectable medication, obtain a signed and dated letter from your prescribing physician that describes your medical condition and necessary medications.
☐ Verify the country you are traveling to will allow your medications by visiting that country's consulate webpage.
☐ If you have health conditions that may require emergency care, such as diabetes or serious allergies, carry a card or wear a bracelet.
If you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, bring:
☐ A copy of your prescription (numbers are recognized worldwide)
☐ Spare glasses and contact lens case
☐ Glasses repair kit
☐ Ample supply of your brand of contact lens solution
Create a self-care kit, which may include:
☐ Anti-diarrhea medication (e.g. Imodium)
☐ Antifungal / anti-itch medication
☐ Bee sting kit (if allergic)
☐ Cold and cough remedies
☐ Disposable gloves
☐ Feminine hygiene products
☐ Hand sanitizer
☐ Heartburn medication (e.g. Tums, Pepcid)
☐ Insect repellent (30-35% DEET)
☐ Laxative (mild)
☐ Moleskin for blisters
☐ Pain / fever reliever (e.g. ibuprofen)
☐ Safer sex products (if needed)
☐ Sunscreen and burn medication
☐ Water disinfectant (tincture of iodine)
Bring contact information for getting health care while abroad, if needed:
International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers lists English-speaking doctors who are on duty 24 hours a day and have a set fee schedule. Membership is free.
The US embassy within the country you are visiting can help you locate English-speaking doctors. They can also notify your family and friends in the event of an emergency.