Plan for safe and healthy travel this summer by staying informed and taking proper health precautions.
Before You Go
- Let friends and relative know about your plans. Share your itinerary and contact numbers with friends and family in case of emergency (and don't leave home without your phone charger). Some airlines offer free travel plan registration, and if you're traveling to another country, there's even a free service from the State Department that lets you register your travel plans in order to provide better help in an emergency. Find out more »
- Prepare a traveler's health kit before you go that contains essential items while you're away from home. The CDC has a sample travelers' kit that's an excellent guide to what you should carry. Find out more »
- Expecting? If you're pregnant and traveling, where you go and how you get there are important considerations. Read the CDC's Advice for Pregnant Travelers for more.
As You Travel
- Whether you're riding or flying, sitting for long periods of time can raise your risk of dangerous blood clots. Age, health and other circumstances can increase that risk even further. Read more about Deep Vein Thrombosis and how to reduce your risk while traveling.
When You Arrive
- Wherever you go, hand hygiene is important at all times. Travel exposes you to more environments and people than usual, and that means more potential infections. Wash your hands frequently when you can, and carry waterless hand sanitizer with you when you're out. More about handwashing for health »
- Mosquitoes carry a variety of diseases, and are common in all states and areas of the world. Take the same precautions that you would at home, starting with an effective mosquito repellent.
Always plan on obtaining the necessary travel vaccinations well in advance of your trip — at least 6 weeks. Our Epidemiology division at (601) 576-7725 can answer your international travel questions and advise you on necessary vaccinations.