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10 tips for a healthy trip

  1. Tell your doctor.
    If you plan to travel out of the country, inform your physician. He or she can then make sure you receive any necessary immunizations.

  2. Call your health insurance provider.
    Find out exactly what you are covered for when you’re away from home. Ask for a list of participating healthcare providers you can visit at your destination.

  3. Pack wisely.
    Bring a few extra doses of medications with you. Store these in your carryon bag in case your luggage is lost. Pack a first-aid kit, too, complete with aspirin or acetaminophen, bandages, an antihistamine, calamine lotion, travel sickness and diarrhea medications.

  4. Face front.
    You can counteract motion sickness by going to an area where movement is less detectable, like the center of a ship or a plane. And always face forward.

  5. Move around.
    To prevent swollen ankles and calves, which can develop if you sit too long, get out of the car or walk through the airplane cabin every hour. This will boost circulation and prevent blood clots.

  6. Fight jet leg.
    Get plenty of sleep before departing on a long plane ride. Before and during your flight, drink a lot of water and avoid alcohol. When you arrive at your destination, eat and sleep according to the local time schedule to fight jet lag.

  7. Dine with caution.
    To avoid Montezuma’s revenge, or traveler’s diarrhea:
    • Drink only bottled water.
    • Don’t use ice.
    • Do not eat raw foods.
    • Eat only fruits you can peel yourself.
    • Avoid foods and beverages from street vendors.
    • Avoid shellfish.

  8. Stay warm.
    In cold climates, avoid hypothermia, a drop in body temperature to below normal, by staying warm and dry. Remember to dress in layers.

  9. Stay cool.
    To prevent hyperthermia, or overheating:
    • Drink plenty of liquids.
    • Dress in lightweight (cotton is good), light-colored clothing.
    • Wear a hat or use an umbrella for shade.
    • Avoid hot, heavy meals.
    • Avoid activity from noon to 4 p.m., the hottest part of the day.
    • Avoid visiting overcrowded places at peak times.

  10. Have fun!
    Don’t fret over every little thing. Whether you’re away from home for business or pleasure, use the time to relax and release all your day-to-day worries.