Your Health While Traveling 

Your Health While TravelingBy. Dr. NgSummer is here. Families and individuals are planning trips to take. While people are planning on what to do on these trips, one of the most overlooked thing to plan for is health care while traveling. While we all wish to have fun, healthy and safe trips, sometimes the unfortunate may happen. One may become sick or hurt. People who travel overseas have a 50 percent chance of suffering a travel related illness. What does one do when one becomes sick or injured while traveling away from home? There are many things one can do to prepare for any health emergencies while traveling as well as once a health emergency occurs. When one is planning a trip, whether it is domestic or international, one should have a list of your current contact information. You should let someone know of your trip itinerary. One should also make a list of any health issues that you may have. This list should also include any food or drug allergies. Having a Medicalert bracelet can be helpful for those with chronic health conditions such as diabetes or seizures. One should include emergency contact information so other cans contact individuals traveling with you and someone back home. Preparing a small travel first aid kit can be very helpful. A list of your current medication would be important and pack enough of your medications to last you a few extra days beyond your trip, to account for any potential travel delays. You should consider packing your needed medication in your carry-on luggage so that you don’t miss any of your medication if your luggage gets delayed.One should check for any health alert in the area you are traveling to both domestically and internationally. One can obtain this information from the Center for Disease Control travel website. . The US State Department also provides useful health information for overseas destinations. . One should check with your health care provider too to ensure you have all the proper vaccination for the area you are traveling to. There are also apps currently available that when you input your location, it can give you a list of hospitals and emergency rooms nearby.One should also consider getting travel medical insurance. While your regular health insurance plan will cover most medical services while you are traveling domestically, you may incur additional expenses if you get sick or hurt. Travel medical insurance can help cover some of the shortfalls your regular insurance won’t cover. Travel medical insurance are especially helpful when you are traveling abroad. Additionally, such travel medical insurance can provide funds to have family members be with you. It can also cover the cost of sending you home when you are sick and in some instances, provide medical transport for you to a health facility that may not be otherwise available where you are traveling. One of the most common ailments when traveling overseas is gastrointestinal illness, caused by improperly prepared food or untreated water. To avoid diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, one should drink bottled water. Also avoid fruits and vegetables washed in local water. Make sure food is thoroughly cooked and had not been sitting out for too long. One should also avoid street stalls where one is not clear of hygiene. Hotels and busy restaurants are the safest. One should also have good hand hygiene when traveling, washing your hands or using hand sanitizers before you eat. Another important safety tip when you are traveling is not to drink alcohol excessively. People are out to have a good time while traveling. However, drinking too much alcohol can raise your risk of accidents and injuries. With these basic travel health tips and awareness, one can stay fairly healthy and safe while traveling. This will ensure that your vacation will be memorable and a fun filled one for you and those traveling with you, and less worries for your family and friends back home.