The Three P’s of Holiday Travel: Your Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel

Take the stress out of traveling this holiday season by being proactive, prepared and protected when it comes to your health. Whether you find yourself in traffic gridlock or easing your way through the holiday crowds, be sure to follow these tips to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy this holiday season.

Be Proactive

The unexpected can occur at any time, so it’s best to be prepared as much as possible for the surprises that could detour travel plans.

  • Anticipate issues by researching your travel destination and checking travel health notices and travel warnings.
  • If you are traveling abroad, visit your doctor at least a month before your trip, so your doctor can determine necessary vaccinations or medications that will need to be administered prior to traveling.
  • Consider if you’re too sick to travel due to recent illnesses, injuries or surgeries. Babies, small children, women who are pregnant and individuals with weakened immune systems should be aware of how traveling can impact their health.

Be Prepared

You may not be able to prevent every illness or injury, but you can plan ahead to better deal with them.

  • Be sure to pack all of your necessary prescriptions and medications, including first-aid supplies, insect repellant, sunscreen and alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Wash your hands as often as possible.
  • Check your health insurance plan to see if your health needs are covered abroad. Drink clean water, and avoid eating raw and undercooked food to prevent illnesses.
  • Should you become sick with diarrhea and develop a high fever, or are seriously injured during your trip, go to a doctor immediately to receive medical treatment.

Be Protected

It’s important to pay attention to your health while traveling and after your return home.

  • Limit alcohol intake. Never drink and drive, and only ride with sober drivers.
  • Wear protective gear when doing adventure activities.
  • If traveling abroad, respect the host country and its people by following local laws and customs.
  • After your trip, monitor your health and visit your doctor if you feel ill.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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