DBT Corporate Travel Information - Travel
* Check with a doctor who treats travel-related
disease to see if you need immunisation or pills against
malaria, tetanus, typhoid or hepatitis. Also, ask your doctor
about natural products to keep your digestive system functioning
well while travelling.
* If you are visiting a country where physical
activity can be quite strenuous and sudden changes in diet
and climate can have serious health consequences for the
unprepared traveler, consult your doctor before you depart.
* If you use medication, bring an ample supply
in its original containers. Do not use pill cases. There
are strict laws concerning narcotics throughout the world.
Bring copies of your prescriptions and carry a letter from
your doctor explaining your need for that particular drug.
As an extra precaution, bring the generic names of your
medications with you (pharmaceutical companies overseas
may use different names).
* Make sure to pack medicines and extra glasses
in your hand luggage in case your checked luggage is lost.
To be extra secure, you should pack a backup supply of medicines
and glasses in your checked luggage. If you take insulin,
pack extra needles.
* Consider wearing a "medical alert"
bracelet if you have allergies, reactions to certain medications,
foods, insect bites or other unique medical problems. You
may also wish to carry a letter from your doctor explaining
desired treatment should you become ill.
* Remove contact lenses for a long flight.
The very dry air can make your eyes uncomfortable. Take
* If you wear plates or dentures take contact
cement in case you break a tooth.
Make up your own first aid kit in a zippered
plastic bag. Here's a suggested list:
* dental floss (also a strong thread)
* eye drops
* diarrhea medicine
* safety pins (a thousand uses)
* tampons or similar
* toilet roll (remove cardboard centre and squish it up.)
* antiseptic ointment
* disinfectant wipes
* decongestant pills
* antihistamine pills
* insect repellent
* cough drops
* lip balm
* oil of cloves for toothache.
* sea sick remedy
* Eat yogurt two weeks before you leave -
this builds up "friendly" bacteria in your system
and builds up tolerance. Drink bottled water and no ice
(better hotels have their own ice making that uses purified
water). In Third World countries only eat cooked food that's
still hot or fruit that can be peeled (bananas or oranges)
- raw food (salads etc.) may not have been cleaned properly.
* Always take a water bottle with you so when
you arrive you're not immediately looking for somewhere
to buy water.