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  • Writer's pictureConnie George

Remember "Go Fishing" 9 Easy Tips for Healthy Travel

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Unless we’re going to stay home inside a bubble, we can’t completely avoid all germs. But there’s a lot that’s in our power to control to lower our chances of getting sick while traveling. After all, fond vacation memories aren’t made up of being ill while on vacation. And it’s no fun to come home with an illness as a souvenir.

We can drastically reduce our chances of getting sick by being prepared. Being healthy on your trip starts with a bit of research and planning in advance, followed by vigilance during your trip.

I’m going to share with you nine tips to remain healthy. All you need to do to keep track of this list is think of the acronym, “GO FISHING.”

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We know that we shouldn't underestimate handwashing when home or traveling.

Are you ready to learn to GO FISHING?

Go Online- Visit CDC Travelers' Health to read about any certain health concerns you should be aware of, any health requirements, and how to protect yourself. Also, check with the countries to which you’re traveling, as some destinations may prohibit or have special rules about prescription medications and over-the-counter medications you take.

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Organize Medications- Prescriptions should be in original containers. Always bring an extra supply of at least seven days’ worth of extra medication in case you are delayed at the end of your trip. Carry a list of your medications, including the dosage, and keep that list separate from your medications. Never pack meds to go into luggage being stowed in the plane’s cargo hold. They should be kept with you in your carry-on luggage when flying. Check to be sure your destination permits you to bring in all of your medications and in the volume you need. Many simple medications we take for granted in the U.S. are banned in other countries.

First Aid Kit- Pack over-the-counter medications that you keep at home for when you’re unwell. Add in bandages, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Should you become unwell on the trip, you'll appreciate the convenience of having these meds on hand and the savings from not buying tourist-area prices for simple items. Click here to learn more about how to pack your Travel First Aid Kit.

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Insurance- If your health insurance covers you where you’re traveling, be sure to have your card with you. If you have purchased trip insurance, have your insurance confirmation and the company’s contact information with you. Also, be familiar with your coverage so you know what types of features for which you can file a claim or get help and what you’ll need in order to file a claim.

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Stretch Your Legs- Protect yourself against Deep Vein Thrombosis, which can occur from sitting for too long a period of time. When flying, you can reduce your risk by getting up and walking down the aisle each hour when possible or, at least, doing leg lifts while sitting. Also, avoid dehydration by not drinking alcohol and coffee.

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Hydrate- Avoid dehydration by drinking water and eating fresh fruit while traveling, particularly when in warmer climates and on planes. But do be cautious about tap water, particularly in areas where water isn’t safe to drink and on airplanes where it’s been reported that the water storage tanks aren’t kept clean. Best to drink bottled water when in doubt.

Immunizations- Check with your destination to see if you are traveling to an area for which immunizations are required or suggested. Also, speak with your physician to get their suggestions. At the least, you’ll want to be up-to-date on your tetanus vaccination. It may also be suggested that you be vaccinated against some hepatitis strains.

Nourishment- First, think about what you’re going to eat. Iif you like to push the “spice and heat” boundaries as I do, plan for that in your first aid kit. Watch eating at vendors to be sure that it looks like they are practicing good health standards and food isn’t sitting out. If you are in an area with unsafe drinking water, only eat fruits and vegetables that can be peeled or cooked. Also, avoid ice where water isn’t safe to drink. Wherever the tap water isn’t safe or if you are a person whose body doesn’t adapt well to water outside your home area, it’s best to stick with bottled water. That includes when brushing your teeth.

Germs- If there’s one thing that’s been reinforced to us over the past few years is the importance of handwashing and sanitizing.Wash your hands when possible before eating and at other appropriate times. Carry hand sanitizer for when you can’t access soap and water. Carry disinfectant wipes to clean high-touch areas at your airplane’s seat as well as in your cruise ship cabin or hotel room

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Have fun and be healthy!

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Happy Traveling!


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