Staying Safe


Important Advice

  • Bring extra medication to cover unexpected trip delays.
  • Pack all medications and supplies in your carry-on luggage.
  • Bring copies of your prescriptions.
  • Prepare or purchase a First Aid Kit.
  • Bring an extra pair of prescription eyeglasses and extra contact lenses. Know your number or Carry copies of your eyewear prescriptions.
  • Have a list of English speaking doctors, clinics and hospitals.
  • Check with your insurance company about medical insurance policy coverage abroad. Confirm that it covers emergency evacuation and if required purchase supplemental medical insurance.
  • “Boil it, Cook it, Peel it or Forget it”
  • Drink bottled or boiled water.
  • Don’t eat raw or partially cooked fish or shellfish.
  • Don’t use ice cubes.
  • Don’t eat salads or leafy greens.
  • Don’t eat food from street vendors.
  • Don’t use tap water to brush your teeth.
  • Don’t lay your toothbrush down on the sink or countertop.
  • Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death and injury among travelers.   Use safety belts while riding in a car. Use helmets and child safety seats. Bring them with you. Rent larger and newer vehicles. Ride only in marked taxis.  Avoid driving at night, especially in rural areas.  Know local emergency contact numbers and preset your phone to 911-equivalent number at your destination.
    Avoid becoming a victim of crime; be observant and aware of your surroundings. Avoid traveling alone & night time.  Be cautious in large crowds where pickpocket teams operate.
  • Don’t wear or even bring valuable or costume jewelry. Electronic devices may attract unwanted attention. Avoid carrying a purse. Use reputable currency exchanges offices. Don’t count your money in public places.
  • Make copies of your passport, credit card numbers and other important documents. Keep a copy available on your trip and a second copy back at home.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Apply 20 minutes before exposure including toes and ears. Reapply frequently especially after swimming or sweating. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before applying insect repellents.
  • Swimming and boating are exciting diversions for travelers. Unfortunately, in the developing countries, lakes, ponds and beaches are breeding grounds for many mosquitoes, viruses and parasites.  Avoid swimming or wading in standing waters.  Wear protective sandals when beach walking.  Avoid swallowing water or submerging your head.
Infectious Diseases Tropical Medicine & Travel Clinic
44035 Riverside Parkway, Suite 440
Lansdowne, VA 20176
Phone: 703-520-5100
Fax: (703) 858-9177
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