• Periodically wash your hands with soap and warm water, a cleansing wipe, or disinfecting gel. • Keep your hands away from your face as much as possible. • Drink bottled water and check the seal if water quality is in doubt. • If water quality is in doubt, use bottled when brushing your teeth. • Don't forget your sunscreen, lotion and lip balm.
Visit your doctor a month before your trip. Any vaccinations should have time to work their magic and become effective enough to protect you when arriving at your destination. Also, any side effects from a vaccine is best handled way in advance of departure. Common medications can be difficult to find in another country. Pack disinfectants and over-the-counter medications. (Check if your store has a "travel section" where everything comes in small packages.) We recommend bringing the basics: something for pain, headache, motion sickness, and diarrhea. Don't forget anything for the kids if they're tagging along.
Be sure to bring enough prescription medication for the length of your travels.
Carry a list of all names and dosages of any medications. If an emergency occurs, rescuers will have some knowledge of your medical history. Have the list in an obvious place where someone may look, i.e. your wallet or medical alert tag.
If you have any allergies or medical problems, be sure to wear a medical alert tag (bracelet, anklet, or necklace), or have an identification card that prominently displays your condition. Have the name and phone number of your doctor on the tag or card, if possible.
Driving or Flying
If you're flying (or on a long drive), be sure to stretch your legs and walk a bit. Blood clots can occur in anyone, regardless of health status. You may want to wear compression stockings if you have irregular circulation, are pregnant, or are completely healthy and just want the extra help.
If you're pregnant and planning to fly, check with your doctor and the airline to be sure you can do so at this time. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that the safest time to fly while pregnant is between weeks 18 and 24, and not to fly after the 36th week. Airlines have their own flight restrictions for pregnancies, which can vary according to whether you are flying domestically or internationally, and which airline you will be flying. (Some airlines won.t allow you to travel for 30 days before your due date.)
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