Staying Healthy in the Turks and Caicos

Health and medical concerns should be considered when vacationing in Turks and Caicos

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When visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands, the biggest health risks you'll take will be from heat and sun exposure.

Arrive Prepared

If you are traveling to Turks and Caicos with prescription medications, make sure they are packaged in their original container, and that they are clearly marked.  Next to the pill bottle (no designer pill boxes) you should include the prescription slip, or a note from your physician detailing your need for the medication.

It is wise to pack a Travel Medical Kit, in the event you are overtaken by a small ailment, such as a head ache or a fever.  In this kit, you should include the following items:

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

Health Risks

As far as health risks are concerned, there is not much to worry about in Turks and Caicos.  Always contact the Center for Diease Control before you trip to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information on any medical alerts regarding the country.  In all likelihood, the sun will be your biggest concern.  From sunburn to dehydration and even heat exhaustion, it's best to take strong precautions: Wear sunscreen, cover up, and wear a hat to protect your face; you'll also want to drink lots of water.

However, should anything more serious occur, turn to community clinics located on most of the islands. Providenciales has an emergency care clinic, and a small hospital operates on Grand Turk.

As always, it is best to arrive prepared for any eventuality, but you can rest assured that quality medical care is never far when you visit the Turks and Caicos.


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