Healthy Travel series kick-off article – Basic Travel Tips. Check back for future posts to read more about my healthy travel tips!
Summer is here and it is time to hit the road for a vacation or maybe you are just headed out of town on business. Take some time to plan early and pack smart to keep your trip healthy.
Basic Travel Tips
Medical supplies: Place your daily medications and other medical supplies near you at all times either in your carry-on bag or your purse. This may include over-the-counter pain relievers, bandages, insulin, inhalers and alcohol-based hand wipes.
Stay hydrated: Minimize your intake of alcohol and caffeinated beverages while flying to keep from getting dehydrated. Consider bottled water while traveling to stay safe and hydrated.
Exercise: During your trip schedule 30 minutes of aerobic exercise every other day. Take a walk outside, go for a swim at the hotel pool or exercise in the fitness gym.
Keep moving: Whether traveling by car, plane, train or boat, take a break every hour. Move around and stretch for a few minutes to maintain a healthy level of activity.
Traveling abroad: Write a summary of your personal health history for each family member in case of a medical emergency. Carry your insurance card, doctor contact information and a relative’s emergency contact.
Jet lag: Adjust your sleep and wake schedule to your travel destination 2-3 days before you travel. Upon arrival at your destination, the first few days spend time outdoors, eat light, small meals and snacks and drink plenty of bottled water.
Here’s a Kansas City travel agent that I have used and recommend:
Travel Your Way by Marsha Frazier, book your travel plans here with Marsha or call 855.695.3714 for travel specials. “Without a travel agent, you are on your own!”
List of resources, all worth checking out.
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – your online source for credible heath information.
Destination Guide – select your destination to learn more about the culture, climate, money and where to stay.
Open Table – restaurant reservations are free, instant and confirmed and are available for the United States and Internationally.
Virtually There – access 24/7 via your computer or mobile device and track your travel details. Sign up for a free account.
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Cheers to a Healthy Day!
Lou Ann Donovan