First time to Europe

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1. Posted by adam3809 (Budding Member 47 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


My friend and I are going to backpack through europe from mid may till late june. I was wondering if there was any medical percautions that we should take before we go? And is travel insurance a must?

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Well, of course you will need medical travel insurance. Going without it anywhere abroad where you aren't covered by your usual health insurance is enormously stupid and bordering on suicide IMO. YMMV, of course but for me you would be saving on the worst end possible. It is not that expensive, you know.

As for health care - like for all travels your tetanus and hepa should be current. If you are going hinking into the affected areas (like Southern Germany) a look at the precautions against boreliosis and FSME might be useful and for intensive travel off the beaten track in Eastern Europe (=Russia, Ukraine, Roumania) tuberculosis and rabies shots can make sense.

But the average traveller to Europe doesn't need to pack anything in terms of health care.

Hope this helps.

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

It depends very much on where you're going and how long you're going to spend there. I would say tetanus for anywhere, anyway. Not so sure about hep a - didn't have this in the UK (not before I went off abroad). Take your itinerary and get advice from an honest medical person.

4. Posted by Aless (Budding Member 8 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Could help to carry an antibiotic. I caught a cold in Paris (in June) which turned into full-blown bronchitis within 4 days.I was so tired and flat and finally decided that I should take the meds.Felt better within 24 hours and started to enjoy myself again.No need to waste time finding/understanding a doctor/pharmacist.

5. Posted by amanecer (Respected Member 203 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

As for western europe I don't think you need any special vaccine. For eastern europe[Russian federation, Ukrain, belorus, moldavia,Bulgaria...and so on)maybe ask a doctor. Igienic condition could be worse in the countryside of this countries.
Take with you the basic medicines for commons ills,like flu ans so on, and take recipes with you, if you use particular medicines (just in case).
For personal experience, I suggest you to pack medicines in the hand baggage (once my luggage got lost..with my medicins..).

I think an insurance could be a good idea, if you're not an EU citizen.

6. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Dear, don't worry about the medical in Europa. Most countries are better of equal to the medical in the USA. Allthough the thought is that eastern Europe is worse my experiences are very good. I've been to hospitals in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine and was treated very well. Drinking water can be in some countrys could be avoid and some food you won't like. If you buy food on the streets you could be getting sick but that also could happen if you buy a hotdog on the streets in New York.

7. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi adam, do you not have any travel clinics around you? or a community nurse? or a local doctor?

It's best to get professional advice on this kind of thing, yes on the whole Europe is safe, but for instance you haven't detailed which countries you plan to go to and it's unlikely that anyone will have up to date information on individual countries health risks...

just a thought,

have a good trip


8. Posted by adam3809 (Budding Member 47 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the great suggestions. I think I am going to get some since it is not that expensive. Its better to be safe than sorry. I am also going to get all my shots updated also. Thanks again

9. Posted by Zephreal (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think most has been covered
Yes definantly need Travel Insurance
No special shots required, but yes make sure tetanus upto date
Be careful with water and food
And Really depends on where your going, but europe pretty easy to travel around