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Summer Travel Tips

By on May 28, 2013

Now that Memorial Day 2013 is in the record books, summer travel is official on and poppin’. It can also be unsafe and costly if you are not careful. So, whether by plane, train, or automobile tis’ the season for safer and  healthier  travel.

Two years ago, an estimated 6.4 million US residents traveled overseas for business. With the increasingly global economy, this number will rise. Both holiday and business travelers may face different health risks than do domestic leisure travelers but we should all be proactive to protect against potential health and safety threats. To reduce travel risks, here are a few things to consider to keep you sane and safe!

Plan in advance. Holiday and business travel will be less chaotic if you pre-plan your itinerary and lodging needs. Get your boarding pass online, call your hotel about your grooming needs, workout facilities, and if you have allergies make sure the hotel knows to plan ahead.

Get your prescription drugs. There are millions of people who travel every year with specific prescription needs. There are three points below to consider.

  • Pack your prescription medications in your carry-on luggage.
  • Pack copies of all prescriptions, including the generic names for medications.
  • Leave a copy of your prescriptions at home with a friend or relative.

Have a Plan-B. What will you do if an airline bumps you from your flight? Travel insurance can be a lifesaver in these instances. If you are traveling abroad, investigate the State Department’s website about the state of the country and any advisories. Long flights often disrupt your sleep pattern; consider carrying on a mild sedative or other sleep aid as well as packing these items.

  • Medicine to prevent altitude sickness
  • Water purification tablets
  • Bandages, extra pair of eye glasses, and cold medicine
  • Latex condoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends a travel kit for travelers. Your kit should include first-aid supplies, a detailed list of prescription medicines, and medicine for diarrhea. Pack some latex condoms and lubricant in your kit as well.

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