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Travel Outside The United States: Preparations To Make

Pack For Your New Normal

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Follow the guidelines for packing for any travel. In addition:

Don't jumble your medications together. Keep them in bottles with prescription name and date on the labels. It will help avoid problems with customs officials when you cross international borders.

Carry your medications with you in case your suitcase gets delayed or lost. Given high security today, it couldn't hurt to also take a copy of your prescriptions.

If you are traveling to a country whose main language you don't speak, include a phrase book that includes medical phrases in your carry-on luggage.

An interesting substitute for a phrase book is a small book with photographs called Point It, Traveller's Language Kit, published by Graf Editions, available through bookstores such as Fotofolio in New York City (212.26.0923) or at offsite link. The book -- which is smaller than a passport-- contains photos of items and needs a traveler is likely to encounter so you don't even have to worry about mispronouncing words in a foreign language.

Many airlines no longer supply pillows. If they do, they can spread disease because they are freshened at most once a day. Bring your own inflatable pillow.

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