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Dr. Donnica's Top Tips for Healthy Travel

Before You Leave:

  • Evaluate or treat any bothersome medical symptoms
  • Consider purchasing trip insurance
  • Obtain necessary vaccines

When You Pack:

  • Pack light
  • Use roller suitcases (or porters)
  • Store all medicines in carry-on luggage
  • Bring copies of all prescriptions
  • Bring your insurance card
  • Pack travel medicine kit

On Travel Day:

  • Get a good night's sleep the night before
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Pack healthy snacks
  • Keep well-hydrated
  • Wear comfortable footwear
  • Avoid Economy Class Syndrome
  • Avoid back strain
  • If you need assistance, ask for it

Once you are there:

  • Practice safe behaviors
  • Avoid overindulging in food or alcohol
  • Be aware of local food and water quality
  • Exercise at appropriate levels for your fitness
  • Protect the skin you are in
  • Avoid overexposure to sun or cold
  • Maintain healthy sleep habits
  • Keep well-hydrated
  • Practice infection control habits, including safe sex
  • Treat any new symptoms as soon as they arise
  • Seek medical attention if necessary

Created: 9/19/2004  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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