Travel health

A traveler's guide to maintaing your health on the road

Health and the travelerGenerally, you can drink the water in Europe (except on trains), North America (except Mexico), and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand). Anywhere else, stick to bottled water or treat the tap water with a sterlizing filter. Full Story

No, you probably won't catch anything more exotic than a head cold or a case of the tourist runs. Full Story

Pharmacies around the world are astoundingly helpful (they can often hand out freely what it takes a prescription to get Stateside). Full Story

The hospitals in most developed countries (except in the U.S.) are marvels of socialized medicine, where for minor complaints or ailments you can often get taken care of lickety-split with no time spent in the waiting room, no forms to fill out, and no insurance co-pay. Full Story

Your home health insurance might work abroad, but probably not too well, so you may wish to consider buying travel health insurance. Full Story

For trips to the more exotic bits of Asia, Africa, and South America, there are some recommended vaccines, but few required ones. Full Story

Avoid getting bitten by insects and you do much to avoid the nasty diseases some mosquitoes and ticks can carry. Full Story

That's the upshot. The page on general health concerns—and the rest of this section—will fill you in on all the details for keeping healthy while on the road.

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in August 2011.
All information was accurate at the time.

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