Arthur “Butch” Zemar is an insurance specialist and author at Elite Benefits of America. Elite Benefits of America are insurance Gurus that help keep businesses stay on track and ahead of the healthcare trends.

“My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass.”

– Leslie Grimutter


It is beyond the scope of this article to go into protection all the possible diseases you can contract and how to avoid them (and we also do not want to scare you off!). Please read your guidebooks health chapter, consult appropriate health authorities and check out which medicine and shots you need to get. Do this well in advance since sometimes you have to go back for several shots and a certain time needs to pass between each shot. You may also have to start medication before you leave home so do not leave this to the very last minute.

Make sure you get a health book which shows your certificate of immunizations (where it is actually possible to read what is written, nurses sometimes have the most terrible handwriting!) which you can show if you need to go to a hospital. You may also need to show that you have yellow fever immunizations when you enter some countries e.g. if you come from a yellow fever area.

Compare the prices for immunizations at different places, there can sometimes be quite a big difference.

If you have a prescription drug, talk to your pharmacy what you should bring when traveling (e.g. a copy of the prescription).

If you need medical help your embassy may be able to provide you with a listing of bilingual doctors or you can to go a pharmacy.

Take very good care of your personal hygiene. Make sure anything that goes into your mouth is clean – hey, stop those dirty thoughts!!! ­čÖé Wash your hands, use a hand disinfectant or antibacterial wipes. Clean knives, forks, glasses and plates.

Avoiding jet lag

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