Spring Adventures: 4 Apps for Healthier TravelsPosted on by
Post updated: Jan. 6, 2021
It’s that time of the year again! Students and parents are packing their bags for Spring Break! Before you set out on your next big adventure, be sure to take a look at these helpful mobile apps to prepare for your trip.
We’re not talking about that old phone book! CDC Health Information for International Travel (commonly called the Yellow Book) is published every two years by CDC as a reference for health professionals. However, you may find it to be a useful reference to make sure you’re following CDC recommendations for immunizations. This app is a good resource if you are planning to meet with your healthcare provider before traveling internationally. It also has advice on how to monitor yourself for illnesses after returning from international travel, which is especially important if there is a current disease outbreak where you are traveling. The app has a simple display, is easy to understand, and includes maps for several countries.
You don’t need to leave the continent to practice personal preparedness! The FEMA app is a great resource for preparedness alerts and safety tips while traveling within the U.S. Not only does the app allow you to set up alerts from the National Weather Service, but it also provides FEMA safety tips on how to stay safe in over 20 types of emergency situations. When you are traveling in an unfamiliar area, it’s also important to be aware of local disaster resources. The FEMA App provides driving directions to local shelters and other disaster recovery centers. The app is also available in Spanish.
Stay safe and be smart while traveling abroad. The Smart Traveler app, developed by the State Department, gives you easy access to official country information, including maps and U.S. embassy locations. Get travel alerts and warnings all in one place and create personal itineraries and organize your trips. The app also allows you to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for free. This program helps the State Department assist you in an emergency, including natural disasters. It can also help your family and friends get in contact with you if there is an emergency.
This American Red Cross First Aid app gives you expert first aid advice for your day-to-day emergencies. The app provides step-by-step instructions for first aid situations you might encounter in your day to day life. You can also get safety and preparedness tips for a variety of emergencies, including winter weather, hurricanes and tornados. No internet access is required and the content is available in Spanish.
For more information on making international travel plans, visit CDC’s Traveler Health page. Happy trails!