Staying Healthy in the Cayman Islands

Visitors of all ages will face very few health and medical concerns in the Cayman Islands

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While most people hope nothing bad happens on an island vacation, it is always wise to be prepared in case it does.

As you prepare for your travels to the Cayman Islands, there are a few things you'll want to consider packing.  First, it a Travel Medical Kit.  This is a small package of supplies that you should have handy in the event a small medical concern such as a head ache or fever arises. This kit should contain the following:

  • Painkillers including acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen;
  • Antihistamines;
  • Topical disinfectant;
  • Antacids;
  • Rubbing alcohol;
  • Bandages;
  • Thermometer.

Of course, if you are on any prescription medication, you will likely have to bring them along with you.  Make sure that they are packed in their clearly labeled, original containers.  Alongside these pill bottles should be your prescription slip, or a note signed by your physician detailing your need for the medication.  This is the best way to avoid confiscation as you make your way through customs. 

The most common health risk in the Cayman Islands is sunburn. While this should not be overlooked, it is certainly not a huge health concern. It can, of course, be avoided with liberal use of sunblock. It is also wise to consider hats and barrier creams to protect your face. Remember that tropical sun can be much stronger than the sun in more northern locations. Burns can be soothed using Calamine lotion and aloe vera. It is also wise to wear sunglasses with UV protection, especially when near sand and water.  For up-to-date information regarding health concerns in the Cayman Islands, contact the Center for Disease Control before you embark upon your trip.

Water in the Cayman Islands is drinkable. However, if you do not feel comfortable with the water available, you can always ask for bottled waters. In general, the Cayman Islands are equipped to offer visitors a safe vacation.

Should a medical emergency arise, the Cayman Islands have two hospitals. One is located on Grand Cayman Island and the other on Cayman Brac. Those in need of medical attention on Little Cayman must be transferred to Grand Cayman. For emergencies, dial 911.

No one wants to have the vacation of their lives halted by a trip to the emergency room, but arriving with the knowledge of where they are located and what to expect on the islands will go a long way in preventing panic should something happen.


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