Checklist for the Well-Informed Traveller

February 8th, 2010

Are you planning to go on a trip? Have you thought about everything? Here is a checklist to help you with your travel plans.

Consult a health clinic specialized in travel such as the International Traveller's Clinic of the CSSS-IUGS. The International Traveller’s Clinic offers vaccines, prescriptions and practical information which is suited to a variety of travel needs.

By Dr. Marielle Bibeau

 When leaving, take:

  • Your passport and your visa (if necessary)
  • An identification card with a photo
  • Travel insurance documents

Make photocopies of these documents and keep them in a separate place in case of loss of the original documents.Prepare a traveller’s kit which includes:

  • A rehydration solution (i.e. Gastrolyte®) 
  • An anti-diarrheal drug (i.e. Imodium®)
  • A light laxative (i.e. Metamucil®, Colace®)
  • An antihistaminic drug (i.e. Benadryl®, Reactine®)
  • An analgesic (i.e. Tylenol®, Motrin®) 
  • An anti-nauseant drug (i.e. Gravol®, Bonamine®) 
  • A topical antibiotic (i.e. Bactroban ®, Polysporin®)
  • A decongestant (i.e. Sudafed®) 
  • An antitussive (i.e. DM®) 
  • Sore throat tablets
  • Lubricant (for the eyes, nose, lips)
  • Water purification system (i.e. Pristine®, iodine 2.5 %)
  • A hand sanitizer (i.e. Purell®)
  • Insect repellent (i.e. OFF®, Watkins®)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15 or over)
  • A good pair of sunglasses
  • A thermometer, gauze, bandages and alcohol swabs
  • A flashlight
  • Condoms and contraceptives
  • Netting treated with an insecticide

Before leaving, find out where the nearest Canadian consulate is located and write down the coordinates of Canadian government offices abroad. Further information is available at:

Enjoy a pleasant trip!

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