Some countries require immunizations before you are allowed into the country. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site and select your destination to see what immunizations are required. The website also provides pertinent information and tips on how to stay healthy while you are abroad.
Inquire with your doctor and local health department to see if they provide the vaccinations your destination requires. There is an Immunization Clinic in Midland that administers an array of travel specific vaccinations.
Talk to your doctor about prescribing you a supply that will last through your entire trip.
Make sure you have copies of all prescriptions, including their generic names.
Over-the-counter medications We recommend taking a supply of your favorite over-the-counter remedies. Keep these in the original and unopened bottle. The CDC recommends the following over-the-counter medications while traveling abroad:
Diarrhea medicine (for example, loperamide [Imodium] or bismuth subsalicylate [Pepto-Bismol])
Motion sickness medicine
Medicine for pain and fever (such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen)
Mild sedative or other sleep aid
Saline nose spray
Make sure to pack all of your medication in your carry-on suitcase!
Provides discount opportunities for airfare, lodging, museum entry fees, shopping discounts and some insurance coverage.
Travel insurance: Students participating in any type of study abroad program are strongly encouraged to consider purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance can protect against the following situations:
Eating & Drinking We definitely want you to get as much from your experience as possible and that includes trying the local cusine! Traveling will bring your body in contact with different bacteria, which are not necessarily harmful, but the change can unsettle your stomach or cause health problems. Stay cautious as your body may not be fully adjusted yet. Water (including ice cubes), milk, fresh fruit and unwashed raw vegetables could upset your system until your body adjusts to new surroundings.
The CDC provides information on how to eat and drink safely for your specific destination here. After choosing your destination, scroll down to the portion "Stay Healthy and Safe."
Alcohol Consume alcohol in moderation. Inebriation can result in poor academic performance, higher risk behavior, and/or regretted sexual activity. Excessive alcohol consumption plays a role in many serious accidents and deaths involving students overseas. Also, be aware of the laws regarding alcohol; the laws could differ from our laws in the U.S.
Staying active Staying active is a great way to relieve stress, feel more energized, and help cope with culture shock. By exercising, you will maintain a healthy lifestyle while you're abroad. Most likely, you will be doing a lot of walking which will help with staying active. Reach out to activities provided by your host school such as exercise classes, the recreation center, and intramural sports.