Whatever Your Destination – Travel Tips for Staying Healthy Stay the Same

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  • By Michele Howe.

    I like to travel. I like to anticipate what I’ll experience when I arrive.

    New places. New people. New tastes, sights, and smells.

    Love the whole “new” experience.

    I also like to ensure I’ll be healthy wherever my foot steps…and that takes a special kind of planning.

    Any trip takes a good amount of preparation, but there’s an equally important pre-trip planning that should take place before every trip we take — and that’s planning to travel healthy.

    If you’re not sure what that type of planning looks like, read on for specific recommendations offered by a physician who understands how making wise medical decisions while on vacation is just part of taking care of yourself (and your family).

    Dr. Christopher A. Foetisch, Toledo orthopedic surgeon writes —

    When planning a trip away from home, the last thing a vacationer wants to contemplate is the possibility of becoming ill while away. By making a few in advance preparations, anyone can help to ensure their vacation will be optimally healthy and safe. Read below to be certain you’ve prepared a wellness “check list” for travels in the States and overseas.

    Before you go:

    • Take a list of all medications and known allergies.

    • Include your primary care physician and pharmacy phone numbers.

    • Keep all medications packed in your carry-on, not in checked luggage.

    • If traveling for an extended time, be sure to bring a refill.

    During travel:

    • If you or a family member becomes ill, contact the hotel concierge or someone you know locally to find out where to go for medical care.

    • A referral increases the odds of getting optimal treatment. Don’t simply go to the nearest (or most convenient) clinic or urgent care facility.

    Special considerations:

    • Those individuals prone to illness should consider travel health insurance before leaving.

    • Medical evacuation insurance is particularly helpful for overseas travel and can be purchased for a reasonable fee.

    • Refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel site for specific information/warnings regarding the country you are intending to visit.

    Final Word:

    Despite what we read in the news, the United States does have the best medical care in the world. So given the option, do your best to get back home to be treated. As the old saying goes, “There is no place like home” truly applies to health care.

    Michele Howe

    Michele is the author of fourteen books for women and has published over 2000 articles, reviews, and curriculum to more than 100 different publications. Her articles and reviews have been published in Good Housekeeping, First For Women, Single Parent Family, Christian Single, and many other publications. Michele’s single parenting titles include Going It Alone and Still Going It Alone. After having undergone six shoulder surgeries, Michele saw the need for a women’s inspirational health-related book co-authored with her orthopedic surgeon titled, Burdens Do a Body Good: Meeting Life’s Challenges with Strength (and Soul), released in 2010 and from which Prescription for Life, their health, medical and surgical informational book is based. One Size Fits All: Making Healthy Choices, Stepping Into a Meaningful Life, a women's health/inspirational devotional by Lighthouse of the Carolinas was released late 2012 and Faith, Friends, and Other Floatation Devices will be published in 2013 by ACTA Publications. Michele's newest release is Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy Happy Life, published by Bondfire Books. Read more of Michele's work at michelehowe.wordpress.com and contact Michele at: jhowe@toast.net.

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