ATTENTION – Effective March 23, 2020: Protecting the health of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority for St. Charles County Government. As a result, the Department of Public Health is temporarily suspending appointments for our Travel Health Services program and for in-person U.S. Passport applications.
Many will travel for vacation, volunteer service or work this year, and many of those travelers will fly or visit locations outside the United States. Whether traveling near or far, paying attention to simple precautionary tips will keep you safe and sound during the visit. The three main “P’s” for safe travels are:
Plan the trip
Prepare for the destination
Plan for the Trip
Whether visiting a new destination or returning to grandmas for the holidays, planning for the journey will lessen the hassle. Click on the graphic to the left to research the destination for travel highlights, government warnings and potential dangers. A travel agent, travel guide or tourism website can provide you with information about the climate and conditions at the destination.
Prepare for the Trip
As Americans expand their travels to new and exotic destinations, they can become exposed to infections, diseases and other items that may threaten their well-being. Nurses in the Travel Health Clinic will consult with travelers to determine recommended precautions, and health department staff can assist with applications for travel identification documents.
Whether you’re traveling for work, service or relaxation, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and use common sense to stay stress-free during the visit. Even though you’re away from home, you will need to practice healthy behaviors such as obeying local laws and customs, wearing a seatbelt, following proper hygiene, being careful about food and water.
Packing a travel health kit can make the trip more comfortable. Here are a few things to include:
Necessary identification and travel documents (pack in an easily accessible location)
Prescription medication (include a note from your medical provider)