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Packing Lists to Flu Shots: Complete Travel Checklist

Preparing for travel can be daunting. You’ve got to get make travel arrangements, find the right place to stay, and get the details in order.

If your travels take you overseas, your travel checklist gets a little longer. Your packing list is expanded — you may need travel plug adapters, clothes for different weather, or an international cell phone. On top of the extra items on your packing list, you’ll have a few tasks to prepare you for traveling abroad. You may need a flu shot, money card, visa and travel insurance, depending on where your travels take you.

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Since your preparations are so important for helping you get to your destination, we’ve put together a travel checklist. This checklist should help you make sure you don’t forget anything major. Check it out before you travel so you can have an amazing experience while you travel!

Complete Travel Checklist

Travel Documents

You might need several documents for traveling abroad. Make sure you have all flight information. If you need a passport or visa, you may need to get to work a few months before you travel.

Share the Details

Your family and friends should know your travel plans. Leave them a copy of your itinerary and passport data page. Make sure they know how to contact you, whether that’s email or by using an international cell phone.

Check Insurance

You may want to check on your medical insurance coverage before you go overseas. Some travelers wish to purchase travel insurance.

Health Check

Depending on your destination, your travel checklist should include a flu shot. Check out to see why its important to get a flu shot before international travel. You can find affordable and convenient flu shots at ARCpoint Labs.

Money, Money, Money

There are lots of things to consider in the way of finances. You’ll want to budget your trip so you know when to splurge and when to cut back. Always check with your bank before you travel — they can tell you if your debit cards will work, and prepare for you to be spending money in another location. Having money available in a few different forms is the best option.

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Vaccines and Testing: Why You Need Both

We normally think that vaccines are for kids. This is true; Kids must go in for immunizations regularly. However, there are important vaccines for people of all ages.

College students, you are no exception! As you age, your immunity to certan diseases wears off. You also are at risk for different diseases.

When you’re thinking about preventing diseases with vaccines, you should also be thinking about your current health. How is your thyroid functioning? Do you have any undetected STDs? Are you allergic to anything? Now is the time to check.

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Studying Abroad- Health Concerns

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Summer has arrived! You’ve got three months of glorious sunshine and no classes ahead of you. Well, most of you don’t have to worry about studying. For the rest, summer classes are approaching fast. For the most lucky group, you’re packing your bags and preparing to set off to a foreign country.

Studying abroad is one of the greatest opportunities you’ll have in college. If you’re setting off on a study abroad adventure this summer, you’ll want to be completely ready.

Before you step into the unknown, make sure you are physically and mentally ready. Your health probably isn’t your first concern while you plan your trip, but it should be on your mind.

Think about these health related issues before you leave so you won’t have to panic if a medical issue arises while you’re abroad:

1. Wellness

You may not have convenient access to doctors or pharmacies in your destination. Visit your physician for a general checkup before you leave. You never know how the traveling conditions will affect your physical and mental health, so it’s a good idea to discuss possible challenges with your doctor.

If you take prescription medicine, you’ll need to talk to your doctor about the chances of getting that medicine while you’re abroad or if you are even allowed to take that medicine with you. You may need to bring extra doses of over the counter medicine, since other countries don’t always have the same medicines available.

2. Immunizations

Your study abroad program will give you information about immunizations and health records that you need. The CDC traveler’s site has a complete and accurate list so you know you are fully prepared to travel. You’re responsible for having current immunizations. If you’re not sure, a blood test is a convenient way to check on your immunizations. Some countries require HIV tests before travel.

3. Health Insurance

We hope you don’t break a leg or come down with the flu while you’re studying abroad, but we know it happens occasionally! You need special overseas medical insurance to protect yourself from health issues. Your program or school should provide you information about affordable plans that you’ll get before you leave and discontinue when you’re back.

Get Ready for the Time of Your Life!

You have so many details to plan before you hop on the plane, but your health is important. Focusing on your health will help you have an awesome experience- when you don’t have to worry about health and safety issues, you can focus on learning and exploring your new environment!

Planning to study abroad and need to be tested?

Call ARCpoint Labs in Lawrence today.

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Traveling Abroad? Have your Vaccinations?

One of the greatest things about living the college lifestyle is the ability to roam free and travel. Many take trips on summer vacation, and others go all out and study abroad. And as our world continues to become more and more interconnected, this type of travel and working abroad will only continue.

While it’s one thing to have the idea that you want to travel abroad, making that happen can be a whole other ballgame. Once you get the thought in your head, you’ll want to make sure you have things all planned out before you hop on the plane and go to a different country.


Before you book your flight, make sure you have the proper paperwork and documents you’ll need to travel abroad!

If you’re trying to come up with a list of what you’ll need – here are a few things to think through:

  • Passport – you’ll need a U.S. passport if you want to leave the country (or should we say get back in.) It’s best to go ahead and get one now anyway, especially if you have plans to go to Mexico over Spring Break in the near future. You can go to the post office to get a passport application. They cost around $100-$125.
  • Visa – in order to visit another country, you might need a visa from that country. You don’t need a U.S. Visa to travel abroad, but depending on where you’re going – you might need a visa for the country you’re trying to get into. There are various types of visas – for traveling, business, students, etc. Look through each country’s visa requirements to determine which one you need. NOT ALL COUNTRIES ARE THE SAME!
  • Immunization records – Some countries are very strict about immunizations. They will not let you cross their border if you’ve not has proper immunizations (or in some cases you cannot enter if you have certain diseases, for example HIV.) Before you book your flight plans, it might be best to be tested for any diseases (or STDs.) Also, labs like ARCpoint Labs can test your blood if you don’t know if you’re up-to-date on vaccinations.

These are three of the “basics” you’ll need to look into when traveling abroad. And this doesn’t even mention the travel arrangements. Just remember that it’s a big (and very different) world out there, and one of the best things you can do is to pre-plan your trip in order to stay healthy and safe. Enjoy being a college student and experiencing the world – there’s a lot out there to see!

Planning to go abroad and have no idea about your vaccinations?

Call ARCpoint Labs in Lawrence today.