Receiving medical care while traveling


Planning a trip is exciting; however, to make sure everything runs smoothly, you need to have your medical plans in place. For example, how would you pay for medical care if you are injured abroad, or need emergency treatment? If you need to take regular medications, do you have enough to keep you supplied for your trip, or will you need to source more? If you want some tips for organizing medical care while traveling, this guide show you how.

  • Insurance

When you are traveling, ensure you have got the right insurance that covers you for illness and medical expenses while abroad. This is probably one of the most important things you can do to avoid hefty medical bills should you need emergency care or medicine.

Medical insurance doesn’t cost much, but the fee will depend on a number of factors such as your age, the duration of your trip, and the destination. Make sure you do your research first, so you know that your insurance covers you for everything you want. If you are planning on doing extreme sports, you will need to double check your insurance will cover you in the case you have a serious accident. Due to the greater risk of injury, you might have to take out an additional plan.

Read about our vacation from hell in the Dominican Republic where we had no insurance

  • Medicines

If you need to take regular medication, it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying traveling the world. If you don’t want to carry a supply of medication around with you, or you don’t want to visit a doctor, you can get online prescriptions. This is handy if you have repeated medicines for chronic conditions, or want to stock up.

  • Research

Another tip for medical care while traveling is to research your destination. Make sure you know where the local hospitals or medical centers are, as well as pharmacies where you can buy first aid items and medications. This will mean you can get help for ailments quickly.

You should also check to make sure there are no epidemic viruses or illness present that could be a risk to health. If you did need medical care while you are there, then resources could already be stretched, and you might not be able to get the treatment that you need.

  • Translation

Sometimes, it can be hard to communicate if you go to a country that doesn’t speak your language. If you need to describe complex symptoms or want to discuss medications with a doctor, then you might need some help understanding what is being said or vice versa. Have a language book that has some translations you could use, or try to find someone who can translate for you when speaking.

Getting medical care sorted before you go on a trip is essential for your health. Illnesses and accidents can happen while you are abroad, and having a medical care plan will give you peace of mind, letting you get on with your vacation without worrying. Traveling is a wonderful, enriching experience, so make an effort to get your medical needs sorted before you go, and then you can relax, soak up the culture, and enjoy yourself.

About the author

Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!