The Ultimate Health Packing List for Your Vietnam Journey!
ABROADER February 01, 2023 4 minute read
Are you ready for your Vietnam adventure? Make sure to stay healthy and safe with our ultimate health packing list. Get expert tips on what medications, supplies and other items to bring with you so you can enjoy your trip worry-free.
When it comes to traveling to Vietnam, it’s important to make sure that you have all the important items on your health packing list. Not only critical clothing items but also medical supplies, this guide will help you make sure that you are fully prepared for your trip. So prepare yourself and get ready for an amazing experience in Vietnam!
Pack items for your health and safety.
At ABROADER, we care about your health and safety as much as your family does. Therefore, we are committed to offering safe and enjoyable programs to make sure that you can have a well-rounded and safe experience. But before that, you should prepare a health packing list, because you may not be able to find items proper for your health in a different country. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.
Basically, below is a general and necessary list that may not include all the items you need. Check out Traveler Information Center by CDC for more information if you are a traveler with specific health needs, such as travelers who are pregnant, immune compromised, or traveling for a specific purpose like humanitarian aid work.
- Your prescriptions
- Travelers’ diarrhea antibiotic
- Suture/syringe kit
The kit is for use by local health care providers & requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery.
- Altitude sickness medicine
- Medicine to prevent malaria
Medical supplies in your health packing list
Consider packing spare glasses in case yours are damaged.
- Contact lenses
Consider packing spare contacts in case yours are damaged.
- Needles or syringes (for diabetes, for example)
Certainly requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery.
- Suture kit
The kit is generally for use by local health care providers & requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery.
- Diabetes testing supplies
- Epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens)
- Medical alert bracelet or necklace
- Diarrhea medicine
For example loperamide [Imodium] or bismuth subsalicylate [Pepto-Bismol]
- Motion illness medicine
- Cough drops
- Cough suppression/expectorant
- Medicine for pain and fever
For example acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen
- Mild laxative
- Mild sedative or other sleep aid
- Saline nose spray
Supplies to prevent health problems
- Hand sanitizer or wipes
Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol or antibacterial hand wipes
- Water purification tablets
You may need these if camping or visiting remote areas so you can see CDC guidance about Water Disinfection.
- Insect repellent
Overall, you need to select an insect repellent based on CDC advice: Avoid Bug Bites
Permethrin is an insect repellent for clothing. Therefore, it may be needed if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Clothing can also be treated at home in advance.
- Bed net
For protection against insect bites while sleeping
Generally, sunscreen should have SPF 15 or greater with UVA and UVB protection.
- Sunglasses and hat
Vietnam is a tropical country so you need them for extra sun protection. Also, a wide hat is better.
- Personal safety equipment
For example child safety seats, bicycle helmets
- 1% hydrocortisone cream
- Antibacterial ointments
- Antiseptic wound cleanser
- Aloe gel
As a matter of fact, they will be helpful for sunburns.
- Insect bite treatment
For instance anti-itch gel or cream
You should rather prepare multiple sizes, gauze, and adhesive tape.
- Moleskin or mole foam for blisters
- Elastic/compression bandage wrap
For sprains and strains
- Disposable gloves
- Digital thermometer
- Scissors and safety pins
- Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)
- Eye drops
- Oral rehydration salts
Do not forget your important documents
- Health insurance documents
In detail, you will need your health insurance card (your regular plan and/or travel health insurance plan) and copies of claim forms.
- Proof of yellow fever vaccination
In case it’s required for your trip, take your completed International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis card or medical waiver.
- Copies of all prescriptions
Make sure prescriptions include generic names. Bring prescriptions for medicines, eyeglasses/contacts, and other medical supplies.
- Contact card
Carry a contact card containing the street addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of the following:
- Family members or close contact remaining in the United States
- Health care provider(s) at home
- Lodging at your destination
- Hospitals or clinics (including emergency services) in your destination
- US embassy in the destination country or countries
And above is the health packing list that you need to prepare well before an abroad journey in Vietnam.
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