A Little Health... While Travelling

I love to travel!!  Whether it's close to home or across the world, I love to explore new places.  While it's fun to explore the world, a fabulous trip abroad can quickly come to a halt if you become ill. 


Here are a few simple tips for good health while traveling abroad:

1.  Get a physical.  Has it been more than 2 years since your last check-up?  If so, it's a good idea to make sure you are in good health before traveling. 
2.  Get vaccinated.  Make sure routine vaccinations are up to date.  Also, check the CDC's Travel Website for a list of recommended and required vaccinations for individual countries.
3.  Get prescriptions.  Make sure you have all necessary prescription medications.  With heightened airline security it is increasingly important to carry your prescriptions in their original bottles and with a copy of the written prescription.  This is especially important for medications that are controlled substances, such as pain killers, sleep aides, etc. 
4.  Know your destination.  Read up on your destination.  Know what the risks are for the country you are visiting.  In some cases, it is a good idea to get a prescription for a broad-spectrum antibiotic.  This can be used as a "security blanket" in case you get very sick.  From traveler's diarrhea to more serious infections, an antibiotic can help you keep going.  Information pertaining to the health risks for individual countries can be found on the CDC's Travel Website
5.  Pack a small first aid kit.  Take the essentials with you.  Include band aids, Neosporin, anti-itch cream, antihistamines, OTC pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medications, etc. 
6.  Know your insurance policy.  It is important to know if and what your insurance company will cover if you become sick overseas.  If you have chronic health conditions, it may also be a good idea to purchase traveler's insurance.  Either way, know what your out of pocket expense will be if you get in a situation where you need health care abroad. 


So get out there and explore the world.  Just be a little health conscious while you do.

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