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Health Tip: Traveling Abroad?

What to take with you

(HealthDay News) -- Traveling is a great experience that's not to be missed. It's also more fun without diarrhea, sunburn or malaria.

For people planning to travel out of the United States, particularly to the developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America, it's important to talk with a travel medicine specialist far in advance of your trip.

The University of Maryland Medical Center's Traveler's Clinic offers this checklist, as well:

  • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, consider bringing an extra pair, and bring all contact lens solutions.
  • Bring all prescription medicines with you in originally labeled containers and have copies of your prescriptions.
  • Useful items to take include: sun screen; Q-tips, band-aids, antiseptic cream, safety pins, rubber bands, mosquito repellent, Advil or Tylenol, cold tablets, cortisone cream, antifungal cream for the tropics, an antihistamine for allergies; and an anti-diarrhea medicine.
  • If appropriate for your trip, remember to pack malaria tablets, water purification tablets, diamox for mountain sickness, motion sickness tablets and antibiotics.
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