One of the most important things you can do while traveling is take care of your health. The last thing you want is to save up money for a trip, look forward to it for weeks, then get to your location and develop health complications. To prevent yourself from spending your entire trip in bed, there are a few things you can do to take care of your body. Here are a few suggestions that will hopefully ensure you’re able to fully enjoy your trip.
Get Checked Out Before You Go
First, you should visit your doctor before you go anywhere. By getting a physical before you travel, you can make sure the doctor gives you a clean bill of health. You don’t want to fly to another country only to find that you’re in quick need of some endovascular procedures or that the red patch on your skin developed into a serious rash.
Set up a time to visit your doctor at least a week before you’re supposed to travel. Let them give you a full examination or a basic blood pressure test (used with a specialized blood pressure device) and tell them you plan on traveling and to where. By doing this your doctor can give you any necessary advice for staying healthy and let you know of any issues before you go.
Bring Extra Medication
Next, while you’re packing for your trip, be sure to take some extra doses of any medication you’re on. You don’t want to pack only enough to last you for the trip, because you never know when you might be delayed. If your flight home were to be cancelled, and you had to spend an extra day at your location, you’d want some extra medication there to help hold you over until you get home. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about getting extra so that you can pack away a few extra days’ worth before you go.
Watch What You Eat
Once you’re at your destination, it’s a good idea to watch what you eat. This is especially important when you visit other countries, because the food standards may not be as high. And while one of the joys of traveling is trying new foods, if something doesn’t look right to you, don’t chance it. One bad meal could quickly turn into an upset stomach, and the next thing you know you’re spending the entire following day in the bathroom.
If you or your kids have allergies, it’s even more important to watch what you eat. Other countries may not list what’s in the meal, and you don’t want to be surprised with an allergic reaction. A good thing to do is learn the word for what you’re allergic to in that language so that you can ask when you’re there. Also be sure to bring some extra anti-allergy medication, like an Epi Pen, just in case.
When you’re walking around all day seeing the sites, it can be easy to forget to drink plenty of water. One minute you’re walking around fine, and the next thing you know you’re lightheaded in an unfamiliar city. Always pack an extra water bottle with you and remind yourself to drink throughout the day. Sure, this will require a few more stops at a restroom, but you really don’t want to end up dehydrated.
Know How to Find a Doctor
Finally, even if you take plenty of precautions, something bad can still happen. Maybe you twist an ankle, or you start to develop a fever. When situations like this happen, you’ll want to know where the closest doctor is. That’s why it’s a good idea to figure this out before you even leave for your trip.
If you’re staying within the country, your insurance provider can give you a list of places that accept your insurance. Jot these down, along with their phone numbers, so you have a plan in place if you need immediate attention. The same principle applies for when you’re leaving the country. Research the area you’ll be staying in and the doctors available there. If you can’t find this information before you go, talk to someone reliable when you first arrive and get their recommendations. You don’t want to wait for a medical emergency to try to find a doctor – it’s much better to have a plan in place just in case.
Take Care of Yourself
Traveling is a fun time, but only if you can stay healthy. The tips above will help you to do that, so that you can make the most of your trip without having to worry about your health. Safe travels!