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Healthy trails: Smart tips for travelers

» Before you leave

» Pack rat

» Planes, trains and automobiles

» Once you’re there

Boil It, Cook It, Peel It or Forget It!

Exotic cuisine is definitely one reason to visit faraway places. Feel free to feast, just as long as you keep these guidelines in mind.

  • Buy bottled water or bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute before you drink it.
  • Ask for drinks without ice.
  • Eat foods that have been thoroughly cooked.
  • Avoid raw vegetables and fruits that cannot be peeled.
  • Avoid foods and beverages from street vendors.

Whether you’re on your way or already enjoying your stay, these ideas will help ensure a happy, healthy getaway.

Before you leave

Tell your healthcare provider where you’re going and how long you will be away, especially if you will be traveling for an extended period. People over age 65 are particularly vulnerable to flu complications, so if you didn’t get your vaccination last fall, ask your healthcare provider if you can get a catch-up shot now.

Pack rat

Not only should you remember to take along all prescribed medications but bring a few extra doses, too. Store medications in your carry-on bag in case your luggage is lost. Carry a letter from your doctor describing any medical conditions you might have.

Planes, trains and automobiles

Do you feel queasy when you’re on the move? No matter the mode of travel, you can counteract motion sickness by going to an area where movement is less detectable, like the center of the ship or plane. And always face forward.

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 encourage normal blood circulation and prevent blood clots.

Once you’re there

Take your front-row seats on the beach—but be prepared to ward off sunburn and heat exhaustion:

  • Apply sunscreen.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Dress in light, loose layers. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Avoid overcrowded places during peak hours.

Safe and prepared travel ensures a vacation to remember!


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