Do I need to bring a medical kit with me to Japan?

Although most medication and health-related supplies are available in Japan, it’s a good idea to bring a small travel medical kit. Consider taking: aspirin (or anti-inflammatory), antihistamine, anti-diarrhea, antiseptic, Band-Aids, insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm. If you are currently taking prescription medication:

  • Make sure to bring enough with you for the duration of the program. In some cases, the medication you have been taking in your own country may be prohibited in Japan. Please check well in advance, and have your physician write a note explaining your prescription.
  • Bring a photocopy of the generic name of the drug in case you are questioned while traveling or by a customs agent upon entering Japan. If you are stopped at customs, you will need to prove the legality of the drugs with a signed prescription by your doctor.

If you have a special medical condition that others should know about (diabetes, penicillin allergy, epilepsy, etc.), get a medic alert bracelet so that this condition will be known in an emergency.