Important Documents and Medications
Organization is key
When traveling long distances and coping with jet lag, it is especially important to be organized. Things often get lost in the shuffle, so I have found that photocopying everything – passports, itineraries, lists of phone numbers and addresses that you’ll need – is key in the event that a bag or a smartphone goes missing. Color copies of passports will speed the replacement process if they are lost or stolen, and visa issues are more quickly resolved with tracking numbers, too. In addition to carrying these copies in a separate piece of luggage, email them to yourself so that they can be accessed from any computer.
Visas should also be sorted out well in advance. Many countries such as India and Japan require them, while others, such as South Africa, just ask for two open-facing passport pages in lieu of a visa. You’ll want to thoroughly research travel requirements via embassies and air carriers, and the same holds true regarding immunizations.
The right medication isn’t available everywhere
On the health front, it is important to take into account the country where you will be traveling. In London, for example, the same Zithromax you get from your local drugstore will be available when your child gets that inevitable strep throat. In Turkey, you can even buy it over the counter in a pinch. On a remote safari, however : well, it’s not so easy. If your child is old enough and you will be traveling to remote places, then consult your physician, who may give you an antibiotic such as Zithromax in powder form. And always travel with pain relievers (chewables if kids are old enough), antihistamines, disinfecting ointment, and Pepto-Bismol tablets.