DISTANT HORIZONS

Traveling Soon? Stay Safe

2014-04-15T11:40:00Z Traveling Soon? Stay SafeGreenshoot Media nwitimes.com
April 15, 2014 11:40 am  • 

Your cruise or cabin getaway is planned and your bags are packed. Now don’t forget to double-check your lists, make sure you have all medication and let people know you’re heading out of town.

Yes, taking a trip may be require more work as you age, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time away from home. Proper planning can make all the difference in ensuring safe, enjoyable travels.

Talk to Your Doctor

One of the first things you should do to prepare for an extended trip is to set up an appointment with your doctor.

Explain your travel plans and discuss any concerns you may have about being away from home. Your physician may need to update your shots or explain any potential health risks ahead of your trip.

The sooner you can schedule a sit-down with your doctor, the better. Overseas traveling may require certain vaccinations up to six weeks before you depart.

Write It Down

Especially if you take various forms of medication requiring different dosages, make a physical list of all prescription and over-the-counter medications you take.

Also write down the dosage and what time you should take these medications. Being on vacation can throw off your daily schedule, so it is crucial that you keep this list with you to remind you of medicinal requirements.

You can also set alarms on your phone to alert you when it is time to take your medication.

Other Safeguards

Any kind of travel—especially international—can open you up to the risk of infection or dehydration.

The air inside planes is dry, so health experts urge you to bring a large bottle of water with you for the ride. The Centers for Disease Control for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you think twice about what you eat or drink in a foreign country.

The CDC’s travel site (cdc.gov/travel) offers a comprehensive list of illnesses that are prevalent in different countries and tips on how to avoid them.

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