Safe Travels This Holiday Season: Tips For Staying Safe & Healthy
By Angel MedFlight Contributor
Traveling this holiday season? Off to New York City to see the dazzling lights at Times Square or maybe to your grandparent’s ranch in the outskirts of Texas? Wherever the holiday season leads you, Angel MedFlight wants to make sure you travel prepared. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have offered some tips to staying safe and healthy while traveling:
- Learn about your destination- Weather conditions can play a large role in your trip; make sure to do some weather research prior to your departure.
- See a doctor before you travel- Consider any recommended vaccines for your destination, and discuss any allergies, current medications, or other health concerns with your doctor.
- Think about your health status- If you have recently been sick or find yourself sick at the time of planned travel, see your doctor to discuss whether you should travel. Traveling while you are sick may put your health at risk or put others around you at risk for getting sick.
- Pack smart- Pack according to weather conditions, make sure to have all necessary travel insurance cards and proper forms of identification.
- Know what to do if you become sick or injured on your trip- Make sure to research what medical facilities are available. Program Angel MedFlight into your telephone for immediate access to an air ambulance. Make sure a family member has a copy of your health insurance cards and list of medications to answer questions if you are not able to.
- Travel insured- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many insurance policies will not cover you for injuries overseas – specifically, evacuation by air ambulance. Travel Assurance Promise is a premium membership plan that offers members world-class air medical transportation and medical repatriation services to their hospital of choice or the hospital in their home state that can best care for them.
- Pay attention to your health during your trip-Reduce your chances of getting sick or injured while traveling by getting some necessary rest after overexerting yourself or drinking fluids when you are feeling dehydrated.
- Pay Attention to the road- Be careful when traveling within your destination. Accidents involving cars, buses, motorcycles, and other motor vehicles, as well as pedestrian related accidents can frequently happen during travel in unfamiliar places.
- Wear protective gear when doing adventure activities- Whether that’s trail-running shoes that keep rocks out and support your ankles or a protective helmet for your skull if you fall off your mountain bike, many accidents can be prevented by simply wearing the proper equipment. This is very important when trying activities on vacation for the first time!
We wish you a safe and healthy holiday season.