Planning a trip? Plan for your health care needs too

Before leaving town, it’s a good idea to think through what your health care needs will be while you’re away. Here’s a checklist to help you get ready for a healthy and safe trip. And one last reminder: Don’t forget to pack your Kaiser Permanente member ID card.


  • Refill your prescriptions before you leave. You can ask your doctor for up to a 90-day supply if you need it.
  • Bring a list of all your medications in case you lose them or need medical attention.
  • Pack all your important medicines in a carry-on bag and keep them with you.
  • If you have diabetes, check with your airline about travel restrictions related to insulin, insulin syringes, and blood-glucose testing supplies.


  • Take stretching or walking breaks, especially if you’re spending a lot of time sitting in cars, trains, or planes. Sitting for too long can cause dangerous blood clots to form in your veins.
  • Plan to do some of your sightseeing on foot.
  • If you’re staying in a hotel that has a swimming pool or fitness center, set aside some time to fit in some exercise.


  • Walk carefully and watch where you’re going to avoid falls and injuries. Make sure your hotel room has plenty of light, and that walkways are clear so you won’t trip.
  • If you are going to a sunny climate, wear clothes that cover your skin and protect against mosquito bites and sun damage. Use insect repellant and sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30.


  • Remember that you’re covered for emergency and urgent care no matter where you are in the world.
  • If you have a medical emergency while traveling, call 911 or the local emergency assistance number right away. Then call our Hospital Notification Line at 1-888-457-9516 within 24 hours — or as soon as possible — so we can follow up on your care.
  • If you’re a Kaiser Permanente member and need care while traveling outside the Kaiser Permanente Washington region, please call Member Services at 1‑888‑901‑4636 or our Consulting Nurse helpline 1‑800‑297‑6877. The phone numbers are also listed on the back of your member ID card.
  • Manage your health care while you’re away by signing in to Refill prescriptions, check your benefits, and more.

For more information about care while you’re traveling, visit

Traveling outside the United States?

Our Travel Advisory Service can give you health advice based on where you’re going, what you’re doing, and your medical history. It’s best to set up an appointment to talk with a travel nurse at least 4 to 6 weeks before you’re leaving on your trip. This service, and the vaccinations and medications you need specifically for travel, are not covered benefits.

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