Medical Preparations for Your Journey

By: Jody Smith

To be at your best and get the most out of your vacation, one of your first stops should be to your doctor. Schedule a complete check-up a few months before you go away. Do this even if you're feeling hale and hearty. It's especially important to do so if you have had any health issues. Fill your doctor in on where you are going and what activities you are planning. This will ensure that you will get any and all vaccinations appropriate to your journey. Your doctor can alert you to food concerns in that area, and other possible health hazards.

People often think of the doctor visit but they may not consider booking an appointment with their dentist. Are there other medical professionals that you see? Get in to visit with any of your specialists before you go away.

Once you've gotten the okay from all health care professionals, make sure you've got plenty of your meds. If you can't purchase them at your destination, you'll be glad you came prepared. For any medications that are administered with a syringe, be sure to bring a good supply. Some prescriptions may need to be sent ahead to a clinic in the area of your destination. Be sure to look into the details of your medical coverage and health insurance guidelines.

The time to find out whether or not any of your meds are legally allowed where you're going, is well before your departure. Embassies in the country or countries you are planning to visit can help you find out what you need to know. You don't have to leave the continent to travel to foreign countries. Canada may not seem like an exotic destination but it's crossing an international border and there are differences to be aware of.

If you normally carry a medical alert card or wear a Medic Alert bracelet, be sure to keep them on your person and within reach at all times. Lists of emergency phone numbers, medications, health insurance and information about any health issues you may have should be kept with you. Always travel with a cell phone.

Have a bag that is specifically to be used for any medications and other medical supplies. It's a good idea to include over-the-counter items like band-aids and analgesics. Small pillboxes and organizers with daily or weekly compartments will help you to keep better track of your medication.

Jody Smith is a freelance writer for EmpowHER.com.

Sources:

Tips for Travelling Seniors

http://www.travelguard.ca/tips-for-travelling-seniors_2011_332218.html

Travel Preparations for Caregiving "Snowbirds"

http://www.caregiver.com/articles/general/travel_preparations.htm

Senior Travel Tips

http://www.seniorservicedirectory.com/senior_travel_tips.php

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