Survival Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel

There's nothing better than travelling abroad and sampling the delights of other cultures. However, if you are one of the millions of Americans considering an international vacation, there are a few things you need to be aware of to ensure a safe holiday and a happy return.First, check whether your destination carries any health risks. The World Health Organization (WHO) website is a great place to search for such information.The U.S Department of State has country-specific information pages that will alert you to any threat of natural disaster, crime, disease, and etc. in the area which you will be visiting. It's a great resource if you plan to travel off the beaten path.You should also learn to pack certain emergency items in case they are required. The Centers for Disease control has a great list of what to take for emergency medical care.Always make at least two copies of your passport and travel documents. Carry a spare copy with you in separate luggage than your original, and leave another set with a trusted relative at home.Find out what items (if any) are restricted in your destination. Again, the U.S Department of State has pertinent information regarding what you can and cannot bring to a particular country. This can be found in their Customs and Import Restrictions section.

Pay careful attention to your health during your trip as well. When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants in areas with malaria. Avoid drinking water from taps or fountains, and always wash your hands before and after dealing with food. Finally, pay attention to and respect the local customs and cultures.

Traveling abroad should be an exciting and memorable experience, and it will be as long as you take the necessary precautions.

URLs:
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/learn-about-destination.aspx
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/pack-smart.aspx
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/survival-guide.aspx
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/health-during-trip.aspx

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