Staying healthy while traveling is a primary goal of every traveler. Who wants to be sick while you're are on your long awaited vacation? Not us! Seriously, if the goal of vacation is to feel better, why are nasty injuries, icky infections, and added pounds such common souvenirs? Why, when we travel, do we think we're in a parallel universe, where we have superhero powers and are immune from harm? See our tips for before and during travel to stay healthy!
- Insurance, insurance, insurance! Buy travel insurance when you book your vacation! We know cutting costs is one of the most important things for someone planning their long-awaited vacation with their hard-earned money. But trust me, travel insurance covers more than just lost luggage. Especially important for international travel, it covers more than you think. It will cover your medical bills and reimburse you should you have to see a local doctor or nurse, on or off your hotel’s property. Just make sure you have all documentation, receipts, prescriptions, etc. and be ready to supply all of that to the insurance company.
- Go to the doctor! If you are travelling abroad, consider getting a physical before you leave. And make sure your vaccinations are up to date. You can also call either the American Embassy and they will recommend a local doctor. The International Society of Travel Medicine also has a great website which lists doctors and specialists.
- Double check your personal health insurance! Check with your health insurance provider before you leave because many trip insurance plans don’t cover illnesses or injuries while you are out of the country.
- Meds! Pack plenty of over the counter cures. This is much more economical to do at home. Ever bought aspirin at your hotel mini-store? Last time we did that a tiny bottle of Excedrin cost us $12! Think about packing things like Pepto-Bismol, Tums, aspirin or ibuprofen, and Immodium AD. It wouldn’t hurt to bring band aids, eye drops, hand sanitizer or anything else you may use at home often, just in case.
- Travel info! Make sure you leave family members and trusted friends your travel information, such as dates you will be gone, flight information, hotel address and phone number.