FAQ – Medical
- Make sure you have enough medication to last the entire trip, plus a few days.
- Keep a small amount in your backpack, and leave the rest in your suitcase. Keeping them split up will help in case something gets lost or left behind in a hotel.
- If you have several prescriptions, keep them in separate, clearly labeled containers so they won’t get mixed up.
- Make sure you have a written copy of the prescription in case of an emergency and you need to refill it on tour. Be aware that it may not be possible to refill it, as some pharmacies may not accept American prescriptions, or they may not carry the medication in Europe. But if you have it, it can help a pharmacist get a similar medication for you.
- Make sure you have complete info about your prescription on the medical form.
Eating something that you are allergic to can be very serious. It usually results in a trip to the hospital, and can delay the tour for 3 or more hours. So it is important for you to be very careful.
- Before you leave, make sure you have the foreign names for anything you are allergic to in the language of each country you’ll be visiting. There are many websites such as Google Translate that will help you. Use several sites, as you may get several answers. (e.g. find translations for peanut, peanuts, peanut butter, roasted peanuts, peanut paste.)
- Make several copies of the list and keep one with you at all times
- ALWAYS ASK if the food contains something you are allergic to.
- Always keep an Epi-pen or something like Benadryl with you in case of an emergency.
- Make sure info about your allergy is on your medical form.
The nurse on our tour is a paying member of the tour, and is there to determine if a medical issue is serious, requiring a trip to a doctor or hospital, or if it can be treated on the spot.
Because of this, you are responsible for bringing any items that you might need: Bandaids, cough drops, aspirin/tylenol/ibuprofen, etc. That way, if you need something, you will have it with you, and won’t have to find the nurse.
Also- since the nurse will be (hopefully) enjoying the tour as a participant, it’s unfair to expect the nurse to carry enough supplies for the entire tour.
The nurse will have a small amount items, just in case, but it is YOUR responsibility to have a small supply of your own.