5 Simple Tips for a Safe & Healthy Trip

Summer trips usually go one of two ways:family with two kids travel by car in mountains

  1. Everyone is healthy, happy, and having a blast exploring new territory.

Or…

  1. Someone is sick, hurt, or whiny enough to rain on the parade.

You’ve put hours and hours into planning your summer vacation. Your family is beyond excited. A significant investment has been made in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But what if:

  • A child gets sick the night before departure
  • An injury occurs while traveling
  • Major sunburn strikes
  • Food/water from another country doesn’t sit well with your family

Or worse!

The reality is, there are hundreds of things that can go awry, especially when traveling with children or older adults such as grandparents. Being prepared in advance can help prevent the likelihood of these mishaps, maximizing your chance of a vacation fit for the scrapbooks.

Here’s what you can do to make it happen:

Amp Up the Immune System

You can avoid a last minute virus by staying healthy in the weeks leading up to the trip. Pop a daily vitamin C supplement, drink plenty of water, and take advantage of the fresh fruits and veggies available when planning meals. You can even bring a cooler of these summer delights for the road, preventing the need to stop for junk food.

Pack Plenty of Protective Products

You’ll find that necessities like sunscreen and bug spray are a lot pricier in airports, hotels, and convenience shops. Stock up before you leave. Sunburns not only put a damper on the trip, they increase your likelihood of developing skin cancer down the road, and insect repellent is especially important in areas where mosquito-borne diseases (like Malaria or the Zika virus) are circulating.

Make a Medication List — and Check it Twice

Chances are, someone in your group takes a daily medication. Leaving it behind can be risky, and trying to fill a prescription on the road brings added stress. Make a list of everyone’s daily drugs and supplements, and create a kit of over-the-counter meds that may prove helpful, such as pain relievers, antacids, or antidiarrheals.

Know the Dangers of Your Destination

When planning a trip, everyone likes to focus on the exciting opportunities at hand, and rightly so. However, it’s also important to understand how vastly different climates, wildlife, and cultures can be. Research and ask your doctor questions about recommended immunizations for the area to which you’re planning to travel.

Want to know the real secret to a safe and healthy trip?

Simply Maintain an Attitude of Mindfulness

You don’t have to go overboard, focusing solely on the “what ifs” and earning yourself the famous hypochondriac badge. Just remember to prepare as best you can, stay aware of your surroundings, relax, and have fun! After all, that’s what vacations are meant for!

We’re here if you need us.

If you would like to schedule a visit before your trip, or notice any unfamiliar symptoms upon your return, schedule an appointment at one of our primary care locations today.

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