Tips to avoid medical emergency while traveling

No one wants to get sick while traveling and these steps can help you avoid major issues when you should be having fun.

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Travel season is right around the corner. High school and college students are gearing up for Spring Break, followed by some of the top travel months of the year. But when traveling both in the country and around the world getting sick is a real possibility. No one wants their vacation ruined because they can’t get out of bed. With that in mind, these tips will give you a better shot at avoiding a bout with illness while traveling.

Stock up on important medications

If you’re someone who needs daily medications, be sure to pick them up before you travel. Speak with your doctor to get all your prescriptions updated and filled in enough time before the trip. When packing, make sure they are in your checked luggage, in a clearly marked, sealed bag. You don’t want to rely on local doctors or pharmacies because they can easily be without the medications you need. This also rings true to over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen. These items are much more expensive in the airport or popular travel destinations, so purchase them before leaving to save some money.

Check in with your insurance

Give your insurance carrier a quick call to inform them about the upcoming trip. Take the time to understand exactly what your insurance covers while traveling – especially with emergency care. If you do need to make a sudden stop at a doctor’s office or worse, it is good to know exactly what is covered. You do not want to face any surprise charges as healthcare is already expensive enough.

Figure out healthcare at your destination

It is always good to know where local healthcare options are within the area you’re traveling. Recognize where the hospitals, urgent clinics, and pharmacies are just in case you need to pick something up or a more serious matter arises. This can help you save time and money if you need to make a sudden stop or pick up items to deal with a hangover.

Communicate with your friends

Having a communication plan may seem like over-planning, but it helps. Let your family and friends know where you’re heading. Share your location and travel plans. Tell the people you’re traveling with if you have any serious allergies. Those subtle bits of information can help save time and your life if a situation occurs.

Travel is meant to be an enjoyable experience. Taking a few steps in advance can help you avoid getting sick or having a serious medical emergency.