11716598_lHawaii doesn’t really need to advertise as a great vacation destination. Who wouldn’t be looking forward to the energizing sunshine, wide, sandy beaches, great food and exciting nightlife? The scenery is spectacular and the people are friendly. What’s not to like?
Getting sick while on vacation or a business trip is annoying at best and frightening at worst. A case of the flu or a broken leg can ruin sightseeing or scuba lessons. Some preparation can help. Here’s a list of a few things to always bring from home.

1. Of course, always bring prescription medications. Keep them in the pharmacy bottles for easy inspection at customs. Never put them into the checked luggage. Replacing the medications would be an enormous hassle if the bag disappeared. Put them in the carry-on bag.
2. Liquids or gels absolutely need to be in a clear, plastic bag. This is a good idea for all of the medications.
3. Check refill dates on medications. If there is not more than enough remaining in the bottle for the entire trip, refill it before you leave home.
4. Bringing OTC medications can be a bit challenging if traveling out of the country. Generally, OTC medications can be put into the checked bags. However, consider how badly it would be needed if the bag was lost. When in doubt, don’t take the chance of discovering that replacing it is difficult and carry that also in the carry-on bag. This is especially true for antihistamines and similar OTC products.
5. Think about how you’d treat small problems such as colds, sunburn or minor cuts at home. Purchase small, travel-size containers of the appropriate treatments.

Wailea Medical Center & Urgent Care was founded by Dr. Annelle Onishi Kihei with the mission of providing the best possible medical care for both tourists and residents in the South Maui area, 7 days a week. All of the board certified physicians received their medical training and certification in the U.S. The medical clinic offers a wide range of services, including urgent care treatment, routine family practice care, bio-identical hormone therapy, physicals, immunizations and wound care. They also handle patients needing treatment for Worker’s Compensation claims. Doctor Kihei has been Board Certified in Family Medicine; she also works with the University of Hawaii as an Assistant Clinical Professor. No appointment is necessary.