Many of my friends are retired now, and have become snowbirds traveling south for the winter – to Florida, or on Caribbean cruises.
Be Prepared When You Travel
Not to be left out is the younger set – young families heading to Disney or skiing trips for February Vacation and college students getting ready to travel on the traditional coming-of-age pilgrimage of Spring Break. Many college students opt for a semester abroad. The travel bug strikes all age groups and generations.
The last thing on your mind when you’re getting ready to travel is the idea of getting together a medical travel kit. You have enough on your mind already, right? But being prepared with a medical kit on your travels could mean the difference between a good time and an unplanned side trip to a medical facility or emergency room. Believe me, if you’ve read about my vacation to Bermuda, you’ll know what I’m talking about!
Responsible travelers should always consider keeping a well-stocked medical traveling kit —whether you’re taking a short hiking trip on your favorite trail or an exotic vacation abroad. A medical travel kit doesn’t have to be bulky and heavy: all you need is some organizing magic, a checklist to make sure everything is stocked inside, and the discipline to keep it in your travel bag at all times.
When traveling abroad, always remember that some of the medication you take may not be available in other countries. Before traveling to another country, always remember to ask your doctor about any medical substitutes for your medication (in case you run out). If it’s a prescription, make sure you refill your prescription before you go and that you’ll have enough to cover the entire trip.
Consider packing these items when you’re traveling:
- Travel medication and breathing devices. This typically includes medication for motion sickness, and Portable Oxygen Concentrators.
- Allergy medication. If you are prone to allergic reactions, then antihistamine is a must-have in your medical kit, especially as you may encounter food or other things that irritate you. Keep a couple of antihistamine tablets (or your preferred allergy medication) with you when you travel. You may also want to pack some anti-allergy topical medicine (like Calamine lotion).
- Digestive medication. Let’s face it – one of the best things about traveling abroad includes sampling the local cuisine. In line with this challenge, you should keep in mind the food you ingest may not sit well in your stomach. So pack a trusted digestive medication. Keep a handful of oral hydration solutions and loperamide (anti-diarrheal) just in case diarrhea strikes. I actually gave some to my oldest daughter to keep on hand when she and her friends went to Cancun, and she thanked me afterwards! You may also want to keep antacids for when your stomach acid acts up, and a laxative for those uncomfortable constipated days. You may also want to ask your doctor for medication that can help with nausea and vomiting.
- Sleep is vital, and if you short yourself on it, you can never really make it up. The older we get, the more trouble our bodies have recovering from sleeplessness and other conditions. So get at least seven hours of sleep every night, and feel better– Many people have developed sleeping problems and rely on aids such as CPAP Machines and CPAP Masks.
- Sunblock. A bottle of SPF 15-30 sunblock should be enough to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
As all mothers and any good Girl Scout or Boy Scout knows – Be Prepared!
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