As our patients undertake Holiday travel or even routine travel or work trips, it’s important to always keep our health in mind when planning. November through December is the busiest travel season of the year and airports are breeding grounds for germs. Dr. Bloom provides some tips to stay healthy during travel.
Simple preventive measures will go a long way to prevent illness. These include:
- Bring along hand sanitizer and/or moist cleansing wipes.
- Pack any needed prescription or OTC meds in proper packaging and with the correct labels.
- Make sure important items which you cannot do without are in your carry-on if flying in case of lost luggage or unanticipated delays.
- Check the CDC website travel section for any international destinations. You’ll find plenty of important considerations and facts here. Our office can typically administer any needed vaccines or related meds (such as for malaria prevention).
- Pack food when possible to avoid excess temptations of typical travel day food.
- Keep security and safety in mind which is also part of smart health. This includes the famous “see something, say something” to authorities if anything seems suspicious, as well as always keeping an eye on your surroundings as well as your belongings.
- On that note, it’s always wise to check the U.S. Dept. of State travel warnings.
- Consider carrying a medical info card listing your allergies, medications, and health conditions (or perhaps your flash drive from PersonalCare Physicians).
- Don’t forget your workout gear (shorts, shoes, fitness bands, etc.) so you can get some exercise in while on vacation.
- Last but not least: always stay well hydrated during travel especially when flying or in high altitude. Bring an empty reusable water bottle with you when flying so you can fill it up after you go through security.
Consider making an appointment at PersonalCare to get a flu shot before holiday travel. Flu season begins in October and peaks in December. And airplanes are the perfect incubator for disease. High risk patients should certainly be vaccinated including those with chronic illness and the elderly.
If you have questions or concerns about your upcoming travel, your PersonalCare physician is always here to advise you.