While planning your tropical vacation, it's easy to get swept away in the excitement and thrills that come with your arriving trip. But before you embark on your dream vacation, take a few minutes to consider the possibility of medical emergency situations that could have arisen during your trip to the Caribbean.
No one wants to think negatively when planning a trip to the beautiful Caribbean, but the truth is, anything can happen at any time. Consider what you would do in case a health emergency occurs while you're on vacation. You could save yourself a lot of heartache and frustration in the long run.
Although you can not predict medical emergencies, there are things you can do to be prepared just in case. Before departing for your Caribbean destination, be sure to carry with you emergency contact information, medication, and health insurance information. Then, make sure to locate medical facilities on the island.
If you or someone you're traveling with does have a medical emergency during your vacation, you will have to find help on the island. Whether you're in need of a police officer, ambulance, or physician, you must be able to provide necessary information in order to communicate effectively with the proper officials. Many people panic during emergencies, which can make it difficult to think clearly enough to find the right phone number. This can lead to frustration, which can prolong your search for emergency information.
You do not have to wait until an emergency happens to look for the phone numbers of emergency services. Before your trip, take a few minutes to find the information and phone numbers for ambulances, police stations, hospitals, fire departments, and the local US consulate or embassy located on the specific island where you'll be staying. Write these emergency numbers down on a piece of paper or a flash card that will be easy for you to read. Put your emergency numbers in a place you can quickly remember like a wallet, purse, or suitcase pocket, so if needed, you can quickly access these vital numbers. This simple step can save you the trouble of fumbling through a phone book or other listings that may even be printed in a foreign language.
Travelers who are currently taking prescription medications, or who are following a regiment of over-the-counter drugs, may want to keep in mind some general advice. First of all, remember to pack enough medication for your own trip. Keep your medications stored in their original packaging, with clearly marked labels. Also, bringing a letter from your doctor describing all of your medical conditions, the names of the medicines you've been prescribed, as well as their generic names. If you need to carry syringes in order to take your medications, be sure to carry a letter from your physician describing their necessity.
Keep your medicines in your hand luggage so you can access them quickly should you need to. And keep an extra supply of your medication in …