You’ve waited through a long, cold winter, and your reward is finally here – summer vacation! That means it’s time to pack up the family and hit the highways or the friendly skies for some much needed rest and relaxation. It’s never fun to think about getting sick or injured while on vacation, but sometimes it does happen. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead before you head out. Patient First offers some tips
Visit your doctor
If traveling internationally, be sure to visit your physician at least four to six weeks prior to your departure. Depending on where you travel, certain vaccinations may be necessary. It is important to visit your doctor early, so that needed vaccinations or medications can be administered in a timely manner.
Pack medications carefully
If flying, be sure to pack any family members’ medications and copies of valid prescriptions in your carry-on luggage (check with your airline for guidelines on certain medications). That way, if your checked bag happens to get lost, you won’t be without important prescriptions. If traveling by car, don’t pack medications in the trunk because high temperatures can affect how some medications work.
Bring along a first aid kit
Be sure to have a small first aid kit on hand when traveling for minor bumps and scrapes. You can purchase one (many stores offer first aid kits designed specifically for travel), make your own, or just bring along the one you’ve got at home. If you decide to use a first aid kit you already have, be sure to check for any expired medications.
Be a clean freak
Pay extra attention when traveling to washing your hands regularly. Being in so many public places – airport terminals, public restrooms, and subways or taxis – germs can spread easily. Be sure to pack hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes in your travel bag for those times when you can’t get to a sink.
It may seem obvious, but it’s important to remember vehicle safety. Children should always ride in the back and in an age-appropriate car seat. When flying, parents should plan to bring car seats with them, as appropriate ones may not always be available at your destination.
Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. Do not drink and drive. Make sure that you carry any important medical history with you along with the name, address and phone number of an emergency contact. Don’t forget the sunscreen and insect repellant.
With a little planning, your summer vacation can be a happy, healthy getaway for you and your family.