Tuesday, December 6, 2016

10 Tips for a Safe and Healthy Trip

Whether traveling on business or taking a long-anticipated vacation, there are things you can do to avoid injury and illness. Here are 10 tips to help you have a safe and healthy trip.

1. Take more than enough of your medications to last the entire trip. Keep medications in your carryon bag so that if your checked luggage is lost or delayed, you will not have to forego them even for a day.


2. Take important medical information with you when you travel, including a list of all your prescription medications and their generic names, copies of manufacturers inserts for your medications, your doctor’s and pharmacist’s names and telephone numbers, and information about your allergies (including drug allergies) and medical conditions. A Medical Alert wristband is a good idea for serious medical conditions. Keep this information in your purse or in a carryon bag.


3. Put together a simple first-aid kit. For short trips your first-aid kit should include band aids and bandages, tweezers (to remove splinters), scissors, a thermometer, aspirin (or another analgesic), antibiotic ointment, an antacid, sunscreen, and insect repellent.


4. Keep moving. Sitting still for too long increases your risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a blood clot, usually in the leg, that can cause pain or, if dislodged, can result in serious damage to the lungs and other organs and even (in rare cases) death. To lessen your risk of developing DVT when you travel, get up and walk around every two to three hours on long flights. If you are driving, take a break every few hours to get out of the car and stretch your legs.


5. Stay hydrated. Low humidity and recirculated air in airplanes is dehydrating, so drink plenty of water, especially on long flights. Take a large bottle of water with you on the plane and don’t hesitate to ask for extra water with your meals and in between. Also, avoid alcohol and too much caffeine, both of which are dehydrating, and carry moisturizing lotion or cream in your carryon bag.


6. Carry healthy snacks when you travel. Healthy snacks, like nuts, dried fruit, or low-sodium crackers, can be good for your health and your wallet (given the high price of airport food).


7. Be careful how you lift luggage. Use good lifting techniques when you put your bag in the overhead bin. Use your legs not just your back when lifting. And don’t be a hero. Ask for help if you need it. Another passenger or a flight attendant will surely be happy to give you a hand.


8. Open overhead bins with care. Overstuffed bins and items that have shifted during flight can create hazards, so open bins slowly and carefully to avoid being hit by falling bags.


9. Eat healthy. When you travel, there will be times when you want to (and should ) indulge, but don’t give up on healthy eating entirely. Look for healthy but still tasty alternatives on menus and try not to overeat.


10. Wash your hands frequently when you travel and carry hand sanitizer.


Sources:


www.travelhealthy.net, Travel Healthy


www.thereareplaces.com, Thing Travelers Need to Know (healthy travel at home and abroad)


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