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Safe Travels – Staying Healthy While Traveling


WRITTEN BY: Urgent Care
Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Memorial Day is right around the corner and lots of people will be packing their bags and hitting the road for the long weekend. Whether you’re taking a plane across the ocean or driving down to the beach, we recommend that you follow these simple tips to stay healthy and have safe travels.

Be Prepared

Before you leave for your trip, make sure that you’ve covered all of your bases. Stock up on any over-the-counter medications that might come in handy such as pain relievers and antacids. If you are prescribed medication, confirm that you have enough to get you through your trip and pack it in your carry-on if you’re flying.

If you’re traveling outside of the country, check with your family doctor to see if vaccinations are necessary for your destination. Do this well in advance of your trip as some immunizations are required over a month before your departure, and in multiple doses.

Hand Hygiene

We can’t stress enough the importance of proper hand hygiene, especially while traveling. You will be venturing through highly trafficked areas such as airports, hotels and taxis. These places are germ-havens, so remember to wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.

Eat, Sleep, and Bon Voyage

Before and during your trip it is imperative to stay well hydrated. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach or exploring a new city, drink plenty of water to keep your body functioning at its best. Dehydration may cause you to feel run down and make you more prone to illness while you’re away from home.

We also understand that part of the fun of traveling is enjoying the local cuisine. While we encourage your curiosity, we caution you to use good judgment and maintain a balanced diet. As you would at home, be wary of restaurants and food vendors that don’t seem up to par.

Lastly, while on vacation, many of us just want to go, go go! Although you want to see and do as much as possible, it is important to allow yourself at least 7 hours of sleep each night. This will give you the energy for a fun and healthy trip. Safe travels!

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