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Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

The purpose of taking a spring break journey is to return house comfortable and refreshed, and ensuring you keep wholesome when you’re out there’s a massive a part of that.

Dr. Rachel Marquez, an assistant chief for grownup and household drugs at Kaiser Permanente in Northern Virginia, says step one is to plan forward and particularly “put together for what you’re going to be doing.”

“I’ve some sufferers who will go on lengthy backpacking journeys, and so possibly they should carry water purification tablets with them,” Marquez says. In the event you’re happening a cruise, you would possibly need to discuss getting some prescription anti-seasickness remedy, she says.

For these headed on lengthy flights or lengthy street journeys, carry a water bottle you possibly can drink from within the automobile, or refill on the airport, Marquez says. (The Transporation Safety Administration permits empty water bottles onto planes, even when they’re over the standard 3-ounce restrict for different containers.) You’ll need to carry some wholesome snacks as effectively.

One other tip for lengthy flights: Stand up and stroll round commonly, assuming the seat belt signal is turned off. “You may positively be in danger for creating issues like blood clots within the legs if you happen to’re sitting for nonetheless for too lengthy,” she says.

Marquez advises getting up not less than each two hours for not less than 10 to fifteen minutes, in addition to doing foot workouts, resembling pumping your legs up and all the way down to stimulate blood movement. That recommendation holds for lengthy drives as effectively.

Be sure you carry your prescription drugs, Marquez says: It appears apparent, however “You gained’t consider what number of occasions I get a frantic message — ‘Oh, my goodness, I forgot my meds.’” She advises getting sufficient of your pharmaceuticals to final your complete journey, and getting them per week or two prematurely, “and at all times hold them in your carry-on bag, in case your checked bag will get misplaced.” That goes for medical gear resembling a CPAP machine, she provides.

About These Snacks

Snacking on the street is a time-honored a part of journey, however “I believe after we consider automobile journeys, we consider getting all of the junk meals that we presumably can,” Marquez says. That may make a driver sleepy as soon as the carbohydrates put on off. She recommends packing fruits or greens, slicing them up prematurely if that makes them simpler to eat within the automobile. Popcorn works effectively as a driving snack, too, she provides.

Marquez says that if you happen to’re touring overseas for spring break, you need to seek the advice of along with your physician about any country-specific vaccination suggestions or well being advisories. “There’s plenty of CDC steerage on which nations and which elements of which nations require malaria prophylaxis — or require yellow fever vaccinations and issues like that to even enter the nation. So positively examine in along with your doctor and be sure to’re updated on every thing.”

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