Illness and injuries can spoil a trip. At the very least, they can be nui-

sances—especially if you come down with an intestinal virus, whack your

head, break a tooth, or require stitches shortly before a scheduled airline or

ship departure. (At least one such incident happens in my family of five

whenever we take a European trip.)

To some extent, you can avoid problems by using common sense.

Don't brush your teeth with tap water if you're in a place where water

should be boiled; don't gorge on spicy food if you have a sensitive stom-

ach; don't walk up steeply angled sidewalks in Lisbon or San Francisco

while wearing high-heeled shoes; if you're taking prescription drugs, keep

duplicate bottles with you instead of packing them in checked luggage.

Two health-related Web sites are especially useful for travelers:


CDC Travel Information

Get reliable, up-to-date advice on immunization requirements,

epidemics, health risks, and staying well in 16 travel regions around

the world.


The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers

offers a directory of English-speaking physicians in 125 countries

and territories who have agreed to treat IAMAT members.