Urgent Care Travel Medicine

Plan Your Medications And Vaccinations Before Holiday Travel

There are many aspects of the holiday season that are easy to embrace. This includes spending the most cherished moments of your time with family and friends. There are also many projects and extensive to-do lists that emerge before the holidays approach.

This is the case whether you are simply staying at home when those special days arrive, or if you are planning on traveling outside the country during the holidays for any reason. But if a trip that is far from home is scheduled during your immediate future, then that list of essential items to accomplish becomes even longer.

This make it even more essential that you take the time to plan properly. Otherwise, you could place yourself at risk of neglecting to include all of your medications, medical supplies and vaccines that are needed prior to your departure.


It is wise to review all of the medications that you will need to bring with you and to make sure that you have a sufficient amount of this medicine while you are away from home. This includes the process of including the medications that you need for all of your specific health issues, and to make sure that you have the correct packaging in order to transport these items. That involves containers of plastic bags that are marked plainly. The medication must be visible in a clear, plastic bag, and placed inside your carry on luggage. It is recommended that you consult with a travel specialist in order to address any questions that you might have about this process.

Medical Supplies

In addition to the medications that you will need to bring during your trip there is also a list of medical supplies that can be extremely beneficial. The CDC has constructed a list of specific medical supplies that includes a group of over-the-counter items they can help you avoid issues while you are away from home. Making sure that you bring antihistamines and decongestants will be helpful, as are cough drops, cough suppressants, medicine for pain and fever, a laxative, something for motion sickness, anti-acid, diarrhea medicine, and a mild sleep aid.

Other supplies include a medical alert bracelet or necklace, items for diabetes testing (insulin/ inhalers/applicants) and a group of supplies that will reduce the likelihood of illness or injury – hand sanitizer, insect repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses and earplugs.

Finally, a first aid kit is also important. This would include hydrocortisone cream, an anti-itch cream, for insect bites, antiseptic wound cleaner, bandages, disposable gloves, Q-tips, eyedrops, tweezers, gel or cream for sunburn, and a digital thermometer.


Your planning process should also include any vaccinations that you and your family will need prior to your departure.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided the reminder that anyone who visits another country is placing themselves at risk for diseases that may not necessarily exist in the United States. This makes it incumbent upon anyone who is traveling outside the country to make sure that they are vaccinated against specific diseases.

This will safeguard the health of anyone who is traveling outside the country, along with their family members or friends. In order to ensure that all vaccinations have been taken care of prior to the onset of your trip, it is important to plan the process far in advance of your actual travel dates.

It is important to emphasize the difference between vaccines that are considered as being routine, along with vaccinations that are recommended, and those that are required as prior to travel.

Routine vaccinations are advised for travelers based upon their age, their overall condition, and other factors that may exist. Recommended vaccines involve anything that is suggested by the CDC, for travelers to reduce the risk of a health issue. Required vaccines absolutely must be  administered in order for you or your family to enter a specific country. For instance, a yellow fever vaccine is a requirement in order for you to be admitted into certain countries.

It can be beneficial to monitor travel notices in order to ensure that you are aware of the latest health issues that might exist in various international destinations. This includes information concerning outbreaks, and any national disasters that might impact travellers to that particular area.

This can be accomplished by monitoring the U.S. Department Of State’s travel advisories,  Notices are designed to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific international destinations. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, and natural disasters that may affect travelers’ health.

For country-specific information about Safety and Security, visit the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories page.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help

If you are planning to travel during the holidays it will save you time and improve your stress level to make sure that you consult with a travel specialist in advance of your trip. That will enable you to receive guidance from a knowledgeable professional regarding the immunizations that are recommended and required in order for you to be welcomed at your destination.

That is a service that we are proud to offer here at Rapid Med Urgent Care, and it is highly recommended that you visit us at Rapid Med Urgent Care at least four to six weeks in advance of your trip. We have the expertise and the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). All of which will ensure that you are completely prepared with every essential medication and supply that you will need.

If you are planning spending the holidays at a destination that you been dreaming of for years, or are preparing to experience an amazing journey to a foreign country for any reason, we can present you with the complete travel medicine management that you need before you leave. Do not allow a preventable problem to ruin your adventure!

Below you will find a comprehensive list of the supplies, vaccinations, and medications that we can provide, along with the knowledge we can deliver to you. You can also you can visit us 7 days a week, and we will help you create an exceptional travel experience.


  • Adoption Services
  • CDC Information
  • Country Specific Management
  • Government Relocation
  • Missionary Travel Medicine
  • Study Abroad Programs
  • Travel Supplies


  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Meningococcal
  • MMR
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Tdap
  • Typhoid
  • Varicella
  • Yellow Fever
  • Zostavax (Shingles)


  • Ambien
  • Cipro
  • Malaria Prevention
  • Melatonic
  • Permethrin
  • Scopolamine Patch
  • Traveler’s Diarrhea Prevention
  • Xanax
  • Zofran
Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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