Many well-prepared travelers miss this step, but as anyone who has experienced a travel medical emergency can tell you, things can get out of control very quickly if you:
Even very healthy travelers encounter medical issues and accidents and giving your emergency responders as much information as possible in an easy format could prove crucial to your survival.
At home, you’ve got a professional and personal support team. Your regular doctor is just a phone call away. Your friends and/or family are there to drive you to the hospital. Your business associates will call for medical assistance. In short, you’ve got people watching your back, but the average traveler who encounters a serious emergency may or may not have someone to watch their back – especially if that someone is also stricken with illness or involved in the accident.
It’s really not as difficult or time-consuming as you might imagine. A travel medical portfolio consists of”
Your travel medical contact sheet should contain:
Your travel medical bio should contain:
If you are, or suspect you may be, pregnant put that at the top of the information sheet as this is very important information for your medical care providers to know.
As always, leave a copy with your point of contact or with your assistant just in case you’re in an emergency and you cannot show your caregivers your travel medical portfolio. Store an “In case of emergency” or “ICE” contact in your phone and be sure that person knows your medical history or can get their hands on it quickly.
Also, travel with your medical portfolio. Store it with your other important travel documents, such as your passport.
Finding Medical Care on the road and in a hurry – this article describes a very popular (and free) service that helps travelers, including providing a pamphlet that your doctor can fill out with your medical history.
Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and is a licensed agent for travel insurance (MA 1883287). He believes travel insurance should be easier to understand, and started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.