If you have a chronic medical condition, it’s a good idea to travel with a medical alert ID.
Generally, these IDs are metal tags on bracelets or necklaces that are engraved with the international medical symbol for that condition.
If you have an emergency, such as an allergy attack or diabetic shock, that symbol is generally enough to alert people that you have a serious medical condition, and most likely need immediate care.
MedicAlert pioneered the idea way back in 1956, and sells a basic alert bracelet for about $20.
But remember that an ID tag can’t carry many details besides the name of your condition and your possible allergies.
If you want to go the extra step and getting a medical card to carry in your wallet.
The CDC even recommends getting it translated into the language of the country you’re visiting.
The Web site MedIds.com has a medical card template where you can input your personal information, medication and history.
Just print it out and laminate it to carry on your travels.
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