Carry these healthy tips this holiday travel season
Each year, we all reach into our inner child and conjure up our dream gifts, but making sure our health keeps us merry and bright all season long should be at the top of our wish lists. And with the number of holiday travelers increasing since last year, it’s important to keep up with these seasonal health tips that make sure you don’t miss out on the festivities (or Grandma’s apple pie).
- See your doctor and check the vaccine schedule: Being sick sucks, but being sick during the holidays is worse. Avoid this by making an appointment with your healthcare provider at least four to six weeks before traveling to assure you not only are optimal for travel, but also have all the vaccines you need. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccines can be classified as routine, recommended and required. Such immunizations against measles and rubella are required when traveling to many parts of the world, the CDC said. Check here and here for a recommended schedule.
- Pack up your troubles in your old (health) kit bag: Instead of having your noses stuffed this year (as opposed to your stockings) or worse, make up a travel health kit that includes a thermometer, first aid items like bandages and gauze, copies of your prescriptions, antibiotics and more. If you’re going tropical, be sure to pack the sunscreen and insect repellant.
- Be good about your health, for goodness sake! Putting yourself and others at risk for infection won’t make for a happy holiday. If you are feeling under the weather, use common sense and don’t travel. This especially goes for those who have a fever or think they may have the flu.
Tell us: Will you be traveling this holiday season?