Countries do not require any vaccinations for Americans. However,
the Center for Disease Control recommends these, and you might
want to carry a vaccination card just in case. Be sure to
visit your doctor 4-6 weeks before you go in order for the
vaccinations to be effective.
A or immune globulin (IG).
This is if you might have contact with blood either through
sex or medical treatment.
needed, booster doses for tetanus-diptheria.
more information visit the CDC site at: www.cdc.gov/travel
ahead of time for an emergency.
your wealth and health. Check with your current provider,
otherwise many student travel agencies offer plans.
U.S. Embassies and Consulates provide support for specific
problems such as passport loss, crime, political instability,
incarceration and even death. Consular Assistance can send
you health, security and embassy contact information on any
country in the world. Simply visit travel.state.gov.
(International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers)-
The membership is free and includes a directory of qualified
interantional physicians that guarantee a set price. Visit
is a good idea to bring medicines in their original bottle.
Loose in Ziplocks they may be crushed and seem to be drugs.
Keep important medications in your daypack.
may want to bring a copy of your prescription in case you
are questioned or lose your medicine.
-Bring an extra pair of contacts or glasses if possible.
and cold medicine, as well as Tylonol or another such pain-killer.
Copy your passport, driver's license, airline ticket, credit
cards and traveler's checks serial numbers. Keep one set with
you in a separate place and leave one set with a friend or
extra passport photos and a copy of your passport information
in case you need a replacement.
a spare credit card and a little cash in a separate place
in case the other is stolen.
your name, telephone number and address on the inside and
outside of all luggage. Use covered tags for privacy.
everything important on your self, preferably in a money belt
under your clothing.
you must leave your pack in a storage area, try to lock it
to something with a bike lock or a similar lock.
you are taking an overnight train, lock the cabin and lock
your pack, sleep on your pack or keep it between you and the
any bags on the building-side of the sidewalk as you walk
to avoid drive-by pickpockets.
crowded busses and subways, wear your daypack on your front
instead of your back.
general, you should take the same precautions for traveling
in Europe as you would in the U.S.
not eat: unpasteurized dairy products; undercooked beef, poultry
or shellfish; raw eggs. When in doubt, drink bottled boiled
or carbonated beverages, avoiding tap water and ice cubes.
good rule of thumb is "boil it, cook it, peel it or forget
it". Wear long sleeves, pants and repellant to avoid
ticks. Bring insect repellant such as DEET. Permethrin is
effective for ticks. Also consider bringing a water filter
and or iodine.