Pharmacy Corner
Resort Travel – What Patients Should Know Tips for Travelling
What’s safe to eat and drink?12,13
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water before eating or preparing food. Use alcohol hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable
  • “Hot is usually good, cold can be bad”
  • Eat fully cooked food that is served hot
  • Raw food can be contaminated – avoid raw or undercooked meat, fish and shellfish
  • Avoid salads, uncooked vegetables, unpasteurized fruit juices/milk or cheese made from unpasteurized milk
  • Avoid raw fruit that are eaten unpeeled (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
    • Peeled are safer to eat, if peeled by the person eating it (bananas, mangoes)
  • Avoid eating food from street vendors
  • Avoid drinking or putting tap water into your mouth unless you are certain it is safe
  • Only commercially bottled water from an unopened, factory sealed container or water that has been disinfected should be used for drinking, preparing food and beverages, making ice, cooking and brushing teeth
    • Water on the outside of cans and bottles may be contaminated and so should be wiped clean and dried before opening and drinking

What should I pack? (Travel Kit)14,15
  • All travelers should make and carry a travel health kit to treat minor health conditions that may occur on your trip
  • Basic first aid items:
    • Adhesive bandages and tape
    • Alcohol based hand sanitizer
    • Antiseptic wound cleanser
    • Blister pads or moleskin
    • Disposable gloves
    • Gauze
    • Oral rehydration salt packets
    • Safety pins and scissors
    • Tensor bandages for sprains
    • Thermometer
    • Tweezers
  • Medications
    • Prescription and over-the-counter medications you regularly take
    • Ant-diarrhea medication
    • Anti-motion sickness medication
    • Allergy medication
    • Cold and flu medication
    • Pain and fever medication
  • Contact card
    • In the case of an emergency, this should include your name, address, phone number of a family member and your health care provider
  • Proof of travel insurance
  • A copy of your immunization record

How to Deal with Motion Sickness16
  • Motion sickness can happen when travelling by sea, car, train or air. Common symptoms include:
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Sweating and cold sweats
    • Making too much saliva
    • Hyperventilation
    • Increased sensitivity to odours
    • Appetite loss
    • Headache
PreventionTreatment
  • Drink plenty of fluids, eating frequent small meals and limiting caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid smoking
  • Adding distractions – e.g. Listening to music, controlling your breathing
  • There are a number of medications that can treat motion sickness. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to learn more about the product that is right for you.

Find a travel clinic

For more tailored information, find a travel clinic to visit through:

https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/clinic