Safe Passage: Your Guide to Health and Safety While Traveling

April 17, 2024 • By Carissa Hebert


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Republished with permission from USI Travel Insurance Services

Traveling to new destinations is a thrilling adventure, but ensuring your health and safety should always be priority number one. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, taking proactive measures can make a difference in safeguarding your well-being throughout your vacation.

Before You Depart

Research Your Destination

Before leaving, it’s paramount to familiarize yourself with the health conditions of your destination. Take the time to delve into the local health codes, potential risks, and essential vaccinations needed for your travels. Checking travel advisories and gaining insights into prevalent diseases or health concerns specific to the area you’re visiting ensures that you’re well-prepared to proactively safeguard your health throughout your trip. This knowledge equips you to take preventive measures and make informed decisions to minimize health risks during your travels.

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Get Vaccines

Before jetting off to your destination, a crucial step toward ensuring a healthy journey involves consulting a healthcare professional. This visit ensures that you’re not only up-to-date but also equipped with all the necessary vaccinations required for your specific destination. Many countries mandate specific immunizations as a prerequisite for entry, making it imperative to comply with these requirements. Seeking guidance from a healthcare provider allows you to navigate through the intricate web of necessary vaccinations, providing you protection against potential health risks at your travel destination.

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Pack Basic First Aid Supplies and Medication

A compact first aid kit is a traveler’s best companion, offering reassurance and preparedness for unforeseen situations on the road. Packing essentials such as band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any prescribed medications is a proactive step toward managing minor injuries or ailments during your journey. Ensure the kit contains an ample supply to cover the duration of your travels, allowing you to address minor health concerns swiftly and effectively. This simple yet vital precautionary measure can make a significant difference in managing unexpected health-related issues while you explore new destinations.

While You’re Away from Home

Know How to Find Medical Care

Before setting foot in a new destination, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the locations of medical facilities and emergency services. Research nearby hospitals, urgent care centers, and clinics to have a plan in place should you require medical attention during your travels. Equally important is saving emergency contact numbers, including local services and your country’s embassy or consulate. Being prepared with this crucial information ensures swift access to assistance if the need arises.

Be Mindful of Food and Transportation

Prioritizing food safety and secure transportation creates a healthy and secure travel experience. Choosing reputable restaurants reduces the likelihood of encountering foodborne illnesses, emphasizing hygiene standards and quality ingredients. Exercise caution with street food, particularly in areas where sanitation might be a concern. Additionally, relying on authorized transportation options, such as licensed taxis or recognized services, ensures safer travel, minimizes risks associated with unregulated modes of transportation, and enhances overall safety while navigating through unfamiliar locations.

Stay Vigilant and Aware

Maintaining awareness of your surroundings is important, particularly in bustling or unfamiliar settings. Stay vigilant by safeguarding your belongings and staying mindful of potential risks in crowded areas. For example, pickpockets can be an issue in very busy areas. They are very practiced and are able to swoop in, grab your valuables, and leave before you know anything is gone. Keeping valuables secure and considering carrying your backpack in front can deter theft in busy places, minimizing the possibility of incidents and allowing you to navigate through crowded spaces with greater peace of mind.

Buy Travel Insurance for Protection

Investing in travel insurance provides a safety net against unexpected events such as accidents or illnesses before or during your trip. USI Travel Insurance Services offers plans for every type of trip, giving you peace of mind while exploring new destinations. You can always visit our plan website, or contact the USI Travel Insurance Services Customer Service team for help selecting the best plan for your travel needs. Their representatives are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time and can be reached at (855) 874-0156 or Be sure to mention you are traveling with ThirdHome, account #50054.

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