Today I Learned...
- Keeping these documents on hand will make your travel experience so much easier, especially if an emergency should arise.
- When you're traveling, it's important to have a copy of all your key documents. A copy will be useful if anything happens and you need to prove who you are or what type of insurance you have.
- By preparing for your travels ahead of time, you’ll be able to enjoy your trip without worrying about the details
e all know that health is the most important thing in your life, and when you're traveling, it's even more important.
Here are some of the most important health documents you should never travel without.
1. COVID-19 vaccination card
2. COVID-19 test results
While many U.S. cities have dropped the practice of requiring proof of vaccination to participate in activities like indoor dining, other countries and cruise lines still require it or a negative COVID-19 test result before allowing passengers onto their ships.
Especially when traveling abroad, it is important to bring both a paper and digital copy of your vaccination record with you. Sarah Fazendin, owner of Videre Travel in Denver says, “the rules and regulations are changing all the time,” she explains. “It’s hard to predict what will happen two weeks from now.”
3. Vaccination records
You need to make sure your vaccination record is up-to-date. Obtaining a vaccination record is easy and can be done over the phone or in person. Your healthcare provider will give you a form to take home and fill out with details about your vaccinations.
It's important to keep this in a safe place where it won't get damaged or lost, such as a filing cabinet or locked box. You'll want to bring this document with you when traveling so that if there are any problems (e.g., an outbreak), doctors will know what vaccines you've had and how long ago they were given.
4. Medication records
List your medications, the dosages, and how often they are taken. Also include any allergies to medications, how long you have been taking them, any side effects of those medications, and any interactions with other medicines (like blood thinners).
5. Insurance card
Always have your insurance card with you, and know how to contact your insurer in case of an emergency. Your name should be on the card along with all relevant policy numbers—and if it isn't, get a new one!
6. Emergency contact information card
It is important to note that an accident could happen at any time—even in the middle of a foreign country with no access to medical care. If something happens to you while abroad (or even at home), it's imperative that someone knows where you are and how they can reach you quickly in case of an emergency.
You should also include some basic information about yourself: your name, age, height/weight, blood type, and allergies (if applicable). This will help doctors know what kind of care they need to provide for you once they're able.
These documents will make your travel experience so much easier, especially if an emergency should arise.
When you're traveling, it's important to have a copy of all your key documents. A copy will be useful if anything happens and you need to prove who you are or what type of insurance you have.
By preparing for your travels ahead of time, you’ll be able to enjoy your trip without worrying about the details. Whether it’s a domestic or international flight, the above documents will help make sure everything runs smoothly for you and those around you.