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We understand how exciting travel can be and how important it is that you are well prepared and properly immunised prior to starting your holiday.

Our doctors can provide comprehensive travel consultations and can advise you what vaccinations are required for all destinations. It is a one-stop-shop for all travel vaccination and medication requirements.

Whatever your destination, we can assist in preparing you for your safe and healthy travel and ensuring your travel health is well managed by providing the most up-to-date international health advice and medical services.

Please ensure that you make an appointment with your doctor well in advance as some vaccinations are required to be given over a specific time frame (e.g. 3 or 6 months) and completed in a certain time-frame before departure.

For global information on Travel Vaccinations and Advice, please refer to Smart Traveller Australia website.

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The information below outlines the usual duration of protection once the vaccination course is complete. For some vaccines, the duration of protection is uncertain.

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The travel vaccination clinic is a full-service medical clinic. our experienced doctors have a special interest in travel medicine to meet every patient’s particular itinerary..

We have the experience to help you enjoy a healthy trip. There is a difference in going to a medical clinic that only specializes in travel medicine. At Travel Vaccination Clinic we have the facilities to provide the care needed to help you ensure that your trip is enjoyable and reduce your risk of avoidable diseases. We are located at 229 Macquarie St Sydney Level 10. Consultation charge ranges from $95 to $160 depending on time taken. If you have a current Medicare Card then Medicare refunds about 1/2 of the consultation costs. Vaccine prices range from $50 to $185 depending on type of vaccine. If you are covered by private health for vaccines most funds partly refund vaccine costs. For any information please call 92312964.

We are open 7 days a week by appointment only and have same day appointments upon request. Vaccinations are done at time of consultation. Our health team also specialise in corporate ( work ) travel health.  All vaccines are immediately in stock and available at our clinic when you arrive.

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As you are preparing for your travels, an important step you need to complete is to book an appointment to see a travel doctor at least 6-8 weeks before you leave. By doing this, you can ensure that you are adequately prepared for your trip, and your doctor can provide you with specific advice about the health risks and vaccination requirements for your destination.

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We offer all necessary travel vaccinations in our Sydney medical clinics, including Yellow Fever vaccine, Rabies and Japanese B Encephalitis. 

Your doctor will customise your travel vaccinations to suit the region you are visiting, the activities you plan to undertake, the duration of your trip, and your medical history. When you schedule your initial appointment, please let us know the country you are traveling to and the length of your stay, so that your doctor can prepare recommendations for travel health and vaccinations when you attend your appointment. 

The best time to book to receive your vaccinations is at least four weeks prior to your trip, to give your body ample time to develop immunity through any necessary travel vaccinations. Please also bring a copy of your previous immunisation records if you are a new patient.

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Travelling well for Holidays, visiting Friends and Relatives, Business travel or adventure travel all need individual care and advice to your itinerary.

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Yellow Fever Accredited vaccination Centre Our centre also provide all Travel vaccinations individually catered depending on your nature of your travel arrangement . We provide full travel vaccination services and advice.

Our Travel doctors are specialized in Travel heath and Travel vaccination advice hold Certificate of Travel Health of ISTM (international Society of Travel Medicine) .

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Our Travel vaccination centre is also part of Large Network of Travel doctors around Australia known as TMA (Travel Medical Alliance) . www.travelmedicine.com.au The ITVC centre provides all vaccination service and Malaria prophylaxis medications at the same time of consultation.

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It is important to get up to date health information to help you combat the potential health hazards that come with traveling. Our doctors provide travel health advice to assist you in getting the necessary vaccination to stay safe.

We are a Yellow Fever Vaccination Accredited Center. We offer a range of vaccinations. malaria tablets and medical kits. The Products we have include:

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Travel Clinic Sydney CBD , Don’t risk it – it is common for travellers to become ill while overseas. This risk can be reduced by getting the appropriate advice and vaccinations and should be started at least 6 weeks before departure. Our doctors provide expert advice about health risks at your destination, including vaccines you may need and medications you need to take, as well as ways of preventing specific diseases.

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What is malaria.

Malaria is an infection caused by protozoan (aka super tiny) parasites called plasmodia. So far, there are 4 known types of plasmodium parasites that commonly cause malaria in human: P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale and P. malariae. There other parasites that cause malaria in human, but these are rare cases.

Is Malaria life-threatening?

Malaria can be life-threatening as a result of complications arising from infection of P. falciparum. This happens as the parasite infects a person’s red blood cells, these infected cells stick to the walls of blood vessels. Eventually, the blood vessels become blocked, resulting in a stop of blood supply to vital organs, including the heart and the brain. The person may die without treatment.

Each year malaria causes more than one million deaths worldwide. Malaria is the most common cause of fever in returned travellers. In Australia alone, malarial cases has been increased in the past few years due to increased travel to endemic regions.

How do I contract Malaria? How is Malaria spread?

The malarial parasites are transmitted to humans by the bite of infected female anopheles mosquito. They are transferred from one person to another by a mosquito bite. Yes, those pesky mosquitos are responsible for the spread of the malarial parasites.

The good news? Malaria is not contagious. You can’t catch it from everyday activities including hugging, kissing or any other physical contact with someone who has Malaria. But you can still catch Malaria from someone through blood transfusions or organ transplants.

Malaria is a common problem in areas of Asia, Africa as well as Central and South America. So, if you are travelling to these areas, you need to take precautions.

Ok, what can I do to prevent it?

Malaria can be prevented by avoiding mosquito bites and taking anti-malarial medication. Travellers who travel to malarial prone areas should avoid outdoor activities around dusk and dawn when mosquito are most effective, use mosquito repellents on exposed skin, sleep in screened rooms or mosquito nets which are treated with repellents or insecticides.

Before leaving for an area where malaria is a risk, visit your doctor. Normally, antimalarial medications are taken few days before the travel and continued for one to four weeks after the traveller’s returns.

How do I know if I have Malaria? What are symptoms?

Initially, there are usually no symptoms. The first symptoms are usually fever, headache and chills, which are often mild and resembles a common cold, thus difficult to detect as Malaria.

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In about one to four weeks after the initial infection (i.e. the mosquito bite), the following symptoms usually develops:

  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Muscle pains
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Fever (which may come and go)
  • Profuse sweating
  • Chills and Shivering

If you feel the above symptoms up to one year after returning from trip, you should see Travel Clinic Sydney CBD  doctor.

What is the treatment of Malaria?

Malaria is treated with certain types of prescribed medication. There are different types of anti-malarial medications; the length and type depend on which type of malaria is diagnosed.

We can help with providing travel health  advice’s

If you suspect that you have Malaria or any other medical services for those travelling overseas, you must immediately contact Travel Clinic Sydney CBD , we provide specialist advice on travel health; contact us by calling  (02) 8188 2299  or SMS  0413 163 360  or  BOOK ONLINE . Our Travel Doctor  have over 30 years experience and operate on a confidential basis.

What is Typhoid fever?

Typhoid is an infection caused by a bacteria called Salmonella typhi. It is rare in Australia, most of the cases in Australia occurs in the travellers returning from the countries where it is common.

Where it is common?

It is common in those part of the world where there are poor hygiene and sanitation conditions. It has high prevalence in Asia, Africa and South America.

How it is transmitted?

Bacteria is present in faeces and sometimes in urine of an infected person. Due to poor hygiene and sanitation problems food and drinking water gets contaminated by faeces and urine. Flies can also transfer the bacteria in the food.

What are the symptoms?

  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation (diarrhea can also occur)

Complications can occur if it not treated. The time frame from the contact with the bacteria to the start of the symptoms (incubation period) is usually 8 to 16 days.

What is the prevention?

People who travel to the areas where typhoid is widespread are at highest risk of developing it. They should take some precautionary measures.

  • Wash hands with soap before eating and after visiting toilet
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  • Avoid uncook food including fruits and vegetables unless you can peel them yourself
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  • Avoid unpasteurised milk and dairy products
  • Vaccination o Vaccination plays very important role in the prevention of this disease. Along with vaccination, strict hygiene and protective measures should be taken.

How it is treatment?

Antibiotics are required to treat the infection. After 2-3 days of the treatment people generally start feeling better. Resistance to these antibiotics is increasing, so it is important to protect yourself from this disease.

Where to get vaccination?

If you suspect that you have Typhoid or any other medical services for those travelling overseas, you must immediately contact ARYS HEALTH , we provide specialist advice on travel health; contact us by calling  (02) 8188 2299  or SMS  0413 163 360  or  BOOK ONLINE . Our Travel Doctor  have over 30 years experience and operate on a confidential basis.

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. Hepatitis A is a common problem in developing countries. In Australia, most cases are observed in people returning from travel from high risk countries.

How is it transmitted?

Hepatitis A is often transmitted through poor hygiene and contaminated food. The Hepatitis A virus is present in the faeces of infected persons; as such, it can be spread sexually by oral or anal contact. It is rarely transmitted by blood transfusion (although possible).

I had just returned from South East Asia. How do I know I contracted Hepatitis A? What are the symptoms?

It usually takes 28-30 days from contact with the virus until a person starts showing symptoms (incubation period). Hepatitis A sufferers usually experience the following symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Generalised aches and pains
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Dark urine and pale faeces
  • Yellow eyes and skin

What is the treatment?

This is not exactly what you want to hear: there is no specific treatment. In most cases, patients usually get better within few weeks. Some people have symptoms for up to 4 – 6 months.

What can I do to prevent it?

You need to observe high hygiene standards by washing your hands properly, particularly after going to toilet, before eating and preparing food.

You’ll also need to stay away from people with Hepatitis A. People with hepatitis A should take rest and should not go to work or school until they are no longer infectious.

The best way to prevent hepatitis A is vaccination. There are two doses of vaccination. If you are travelling countries where hepatitis A is a common problem, we recommend getting both shots before your departure.

Where can I get the travel vaccinations?

Arys Health Centre provide specialist advice on travel health and medical services for those travelling overseas. Call us at 02 8188 2299 to book an appointment and tell us which countries you are travelling to so we can help you get the right vaccinations.

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Fulbright scholars awarded at Sydney

Five distinguished academics and alumni from the University of Sydney community have been recognised with prestigious Fulbright Scholarships

In areas ranging from history to bioinformatics, journalism, and medical science, the researchers will be sponsored to travel and stay in the United States at host institutions while completing research projects designed to further understanding and exchange between the two countries. 

The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Emma Johnston commended the awardees.

"I’m delighted to congratulate the five members of the University community recognised with Fulbright Scholarships this year who will be hosted by prestigious institutions like Georgetown University, Harvard, and the Mayo Clinic.

Their diverse projects not only showcase their individual brilliance but also highlight their commitment to advancing knowledge and making a meaningful impact in their respective fields. With research into areas including data journalism, geopolitical history, cancer treatment & quality of life, prenatal alcohol exposure and organ transplant health, their impact will be broad.

We’re also proud to continue our tradition of hosting Fulbright Scholars as part of our commitment to international collaboration and promoting a shared understanding of complex global issues.

We wish them all the best in the year to come. And hope the experience will enrich their academic journey, provide new skills, and introduce them to new colleagues and collaborators from around the world.”

Now in its 75 th year, the Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers scholarships to Australian citizens across all career stages. Awardees take part in an academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at a US institution, experiencing life abroad and bringing back their knowledge and experience to share with their communities.

The prestigious Fulbright Program is the largest educational scholarship of its kind, created by US Senator J. William Fulbright and the US Government in 1946.

University of Sydney academics and alumni have joined each cohort since 1950 and include McCaughey Chair in Biochemistry Professor Tony Weiss , Melanoma researcher and Australian of the Year Professor Georgina Long and Dr Mitch Gibbs researcher in Indigenous practices and coastal management.

Dr Niro Kandasamy – history

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Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar hosted by Georgetown University

Dr Kandasamy ’s Fulbright research aims to identify and assess how the US and Australia have responded to conflicts in the Indian Ocean region during the twentieth century. The findings from the project will help to advance contemporary historical understandings of the region and offer important insights to Australian policymakers.

Dr Kandasamy is Lecturer in History in the School of Humanities at the University of Sydney. She teaches histories of conflict, refugee resettlement, and international relations. Before joining the University of Sydney in 2022, she was teaching in Melbourne and held senior research positions in non-government organisations. She has undertaken visiting fellowships at the University of Oxford and York University. Her US Fulbright scholarship will enable her to expand her research interests in understanding how states and societies respond to conflicts. The project will examine US and Australian responses to conflicts erupting in the Indian Ocean region during the twentieth century.

Dr Maggs X - comparative genomics

Maggs X

Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar hosted by the University of Sydney

Dr X (they/them) is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri. They received their PhD in Comparative Biology from the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History. Their research focuses on using phylogenetics, single-cell technologies, and comparative genomics to better understand how complex traits evolve at the molecular level. Their research explores the evolution of reproductive modes in snakes and lizards, and the evolution of troglomorphic traits (cave-associated phenotypes) in teleosts. They are inspired by the value non-model organisms have for informing our understanding of evolution, human health, and the health of the planet.

Dr X’s Fulbright research aims to utilise the rare comparative framework of two reproductively bimodal species that are endemic to Australia to identify genomic features that influence the evolution of egg-laying and live-birth. 

Justine Landis-Hanley – investigative journalism

Justine Landis-Hanley

Fulbright Postgraduate Student Scholar

Landis-Hanley is a New York Times-published journalist and award-winning podcaster, currently reporting on federal politics from the Australian press gallery for The Canberra Times. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Saturday Paper, and Crikey. In 2022 she co-hosted Left Right Out, a Spotify-exclusive podcast that answered young people’s questions about Australian politics. It was the #1 news show on the platform in Australia throughout the federal election. Justine graduated from the University of Sydney in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) majoring in Philosophy.

With her Fulbright scholarship, Justine will undertake a Masters of Science (Journalism) specialising in investigative data journalism. Her goal is to help pioneer new ways that journalists can tell data-driven political investigations through emerging mediums to expose political corruption and hold governments to account.

Associate Professor Louise Mewton – medical sciences

Louise Mewton

Fulbright Future Scholarship (Scholar) hosted by the Medical University of South Carolina

Dr Louise Mewton is an Associate Professor and Program Lead in Lifespan and Brain Health Research at the Matilda Centre for Mental Health and Substance Use Research, University of Sydney. Dr Mewton is a public health researcher with a focus on the epidemiology, assessment, prevention, and treatment of alcohol use and related disorders across the lifespan. Her research expertise spans population neuroscience, large-scale epidemiological modelling, and the development and evaluation of intervention programs across the lifespan.

As part of her Fulbright Scholarship, Dr Mewton aims to learn more about how prenatal alcohol exposure affects adolescent health and neurodevelopmental outcomes.

Through established translational pathways, she will ensure any findings have an impact on the choices pregnant women make, as well as the lives of young people impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure.

Dr Sireesha Koneru - medical sciences

Sireesha Koneru

Fulbright Future Scholarship (Postdoctoral) hosted by the Mayo Clinic

Dr Koneru is a colorectal research fellow at the University of Sydney and Concord Repatriation General Hospital. She is completing her PhD with research centred on functional outcomes and quality of life after operative and non-operative management of rectal cancer, on which she has published and presented extensively.

With the support of the Fulbright Future Scholarship, Sireesha will continue her research work at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, focussing on functional outcomes after “watch and wait” management for rectal cancer. This research will enable the completion of an inaugural 360-degree review of functional outcomes following all available rectal cancer treatments.

Harry Robertson – computer science/bioinformatics

Harry Robertson

Fulbright Future Scholarship (Postgraduate) hosted by Harvard University

As an aspiring bioinformatician, Harry Robertson  envisions a future where healthcare decisions are guided by the wealth of data we gather on patients. His pursuit as a PhD student and Fulbright researcher in Australia is to make this vision a reality by pioneering accessible biomarkers for organ transplant health. Tapping into our nation's connected healthcare system, Robertson is developing machine learning algorithms that can interpret complex imaging data, offering non-invasive diagnostic tools for widespread use. His ambition is to pave the way for Australia to be a global leader in data-driven healthcare, enhancing patient outcomes nationally and across the globe.

His Fulbright study is focused on discovering contemporary biomarkers for organ transplant health through advanced imaging. Traditional biomarkers rely on costly sequencing, often inaccessible to many. By pioneering new machine learning methods to analyse this imaging data, he aims to offer a universally available, non-invasive diagnostic tool for transplant recipients.

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"I Always Travel With This": Doctors Are Sharing The Illness-Avoiding Practices They Always Implement While Traveling, And They're So Important

There are ways to reduce your chances of coming home from vacation with a terrible cold, digestive issues or other health problems.

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When travelers return home from a vacation, they typically bring cool souvenirs, cherished memories and a broadened perspective on the world. But sometimes they also come home with a terrible cold, digestive problems or other health issues.

It’s  common to get sick when you travel, whether you come down with symptoms during the trip or start feeling bad after the return. But this outcome doesn’t have to be inevitable.

“You can assume that travel will increase the risk of getting sick, and none of us wants to get sick while traveling, said Dr. Henry M. Wu , an associate professor at Emory University School of Medicine and director of the Emory TravelWell Center. “It makes sense to take extra precautions we don’t do on a daily basis.”

Below, Wu and other doctors share the things they always do when they travel to avoid getting sick. 

1. Masking In The Airport And On The Plane

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“Although COVID is no longer as large of an issue as it was, given that I am in close quarters with the same circulating air on an airplane, I still wear a mask on all flights and in the airport,” said Dr. Barbara Bawer , a family medicine physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Depending on where you are going, wearing a mask in crowded places is also important.”

She suggested packing at least a couple of masks in case one gets soiled or ruined. High-quality masks like N95s are your best bet for reducing germ transmission in crowded indoor situations. 

“I still lament the time I sat on an overnight train in France across from a couple that coughed and sneezed the entire trip — only to get a horrible cold a day later and miss the 48-hour French countryside wedding extravaganza I had traveled so far to attend,” said  Dr. Sarah Battistich , an emergency medicine specialist with NYU Langone Health’s Virtual Urgent Care. “Now I routinely wear masks in transit, whether or not there are identifiably ill persons around me.”

Face coverings can also offer protection in multiple ways.

“The mask will keep you from touching your nose and mouth with your hands,” said Dr. Heather Viola , a primary care physician at Mount Sinai Doctors-Ansonia.

2. Frequently Washing And Sanitizing Hands

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“First and foremost, I constantly wash my hands, always carrying with me hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to prevent the spread of germs,” Viola said. “Many airlines are giving out alcohol-based disinfectant wipes when you board. I use these to clean my seat, headrest, armrests, tray table, and entertainment screen — basically, anything you may touch while sitting in your seat.”

Packing your own alcohol-based disinfecting wipes can also be useful.

“I am a big proponent obviously of hand washing,” Battistich said. “But also trying to limit touching of shared surfaces and therefore limit the risk of coming into contact with bacteria and viruses. I make a game out of it with my daughter to not touch any surface in public bathrooms, including doors and toilet seats.”

3. Staying Hydrated

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“If I’m taking a long flight, try to start out well hydrated and avoid alcohol on the plane,” Battistich said.

Maintaining a healthy water intake was a priority for all the doctors who spoke to HuffPost.

“I always travel with electrolytes ― packets of dissolvable electrolytes ― for water or vitamin water,” Viola said. “This is a good way to keep hydrated with more than just water and help prevent in-flight nausea or dehydration.”

4. Taking Immune System Boosters

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Viola is also a fan of nasal mists and vitamin C tablets prior to boarding.

“The plane cabin is dry, and microorganisms are free to circulate in the air, so before I go on a plane, I take a few vitamin C tablets to boost my immune system and help give my body the ability to fight off airborne germs,” she said. “Nasal saline spray or nasal mists can also help fight germs as they keep your nasal passages moist, which enhances your body’s own germ-flushing activity. You can even apply a small amount of Neosporin or petroleum jelly just inside the nostrils — using a Q-tip if your hands aren’t washed — to create a barrier between you and the airborne germs.”

5. Avoiding Peak Travel Times

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“If possible, try to travel during non-peak times, which often is the middle of the week and mid-morning or midday, instead of very early or in the evening,” Bawer said. “This may depend on your city, though, so do some research ahead of time.”

Avoiding the biggest crowds and sense of stress is a good way to cut down on your potential exposure to germs, and traveling in the middle of the day typically allows for a full night’s sleep the night before or after your flight.

6. Prioritizing Rest

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“Make sure to get adequate rest before your flight and if able, try to sleep while traveling when appropriate,” Bawer said. “When returning home, give yourself some time to re-adjust back to your daily schedule and environment. Try not to return home at 11 p.m. or midnight and then have to head straight to work the next day. Give yourself a few hours or, if able, an entire day at least to recover, get caught up on laundry or grocery shopping or other needed chores, and get plenty of rest.”

Fatigue can impair your immune system, as well as decrease your endurance and negatively impact your mood.

“I’m a big fan of those flat packable travel pillows which support your neck, and I’ve found bringing ear plugs and an eye mask or scarf to keep out the lights is super helpful for getting that extra bit of rest — like that hour at the end of a night flight where you still want to sleep but the flight crew turns the bright overheads on,” Battistich said.

7. Not Overscheduling

man relaxing underneath a palm tree at the beach

Resting is a key component to a healthy immune system.

Just as you should prioritize rest to help your immune system, you should also try to reduce stress where possible.

“Don’t overschedule your trip to allow time to enjoy yourself and give some flexibility in the itinerary,” Bawer advised. “Stress can induce sickness, especially in a new environment.”

8. Eating A Well-Balanced Diet

sandwich in a plastic container at the airport

“Eat a well-balanced diet leading up to the trip to get your body and immune system ready to fight anything it comes into contact with and on the day of travel as well,” Bawer said. “Most people don’t eat as healthy while on vacation but try to incorporate fruits and vegetables with all meals to keep your immune system at the highest level.”

She always packs healthy snacks and a refillable water bottle to ensure she gets the nutrients she needs during her travels. 

“Often we don’t have time to eat, especially with flights being delayed or late, and we either skip meals or grab something quick, which is rarely healthy,” Bawer noted.

9. Researching Travel Vaccines And Medicines

person getting a bandage over a vaccine in their upper arm

“I make sure I am up-to-date on vaccines before travel,” Wu said. “Flu and COVID-19 are so common among travelers, and even a mild case can ruin a trip. Also, for international travel, there are additional vaccines that might be recommended or required, or even malaria prophylaxis for some areas. I suggest travelers check the CDC [Centers for Disease Control Prevention] travel website or see a travel medicine specialist for advice.”

In addition to getting the necessary travel vaccines ahead of time, you may want to procure special medications in advance.

“Consider getting a prescription for diarrhea medicine if traveling to another country where traveler’s diarrhea may be an issue,” Bawer advised. “If traveling to another country, avoid drinking their water — this includes anything washed with local water like salad and fruit. Focus on eating foods that have a shell and don’t need washing and drink bottled water. Also, use this to brush your teeth. This can help to avoid traveler’s diarrhea from developing.”

Packing an over-the-counter anti-diarrheal like Imodium is another good idea, especially when traveling internationally.

“If I’m uncertain about particular meals, I try to stick to foods that have been fully cooked and are served hot, avoiding raw and undercooked foods,” Viola added.

10. Keeping Up With Sun Protection

woman applying sunscreen to her nose while on vacation

“Wear sunscreen daily,” Bawer urged.

Whether at home or on vacation, you should apply (and reapply) a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day. Keeping up with your sun protection regimen is especially important if you’ll spend a lot of time outside during your travels. 

“Sunburn and heat-related illnesses are some of the most easily preventable causes of a ruined vacation,” Battistich said. “Don’t forget sunscreen, long sleeve shirts ― linen is great for hot climates ― and hats. The bigger and more packable the hat, the better.“

11. Buying Insect Repellent

spraying insect repellent on arm

“If it’s an outdoorsy trip or I’m going to tropical areas, I make sure to pack bug repellent,” Wu said. “Mosquitoes, ticks and other biting bugs can transmit many infections.”

Ensure your sunscreen complies with  local regulations and check the CDC’s recommendations for effective products.

“It isn’t always easy to find these things on the fly, so preparing in advance will eliminate the chance I am caught off guard,” Wu added.

12. Packing Medication

Woman preparing travel suitcase on bed at home with medication

“I also bring over-the-counter medications that I will have on hand in case I start to feel unwell,” Viola said.

She packs acetaminophen for pain or fever, ibuprofen for pain, an antihistamine like Benadryl and Pepto-Bismol in case of stomach upset.

“My doctor’s travel kit included some preventatives and some emergency rescue meds,” Battistich said, listing many of the same medications, as well as anti-nausea medications and remedies like SeaBands, ginger packets, and aromatherapy sticks.  

“There is evidence that taking Pepto-Bismol tablets before and during travel can help reduce in the risk of traveler’s diarrhea,” she added. “I also back very basic wound kits with Band-Aids, antibiotic cream, and if going to a hot and humid climate, or when hiking and backpacking, I will also often bring an antifungal cream.”

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