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Are you traveling this winter?

Published in General, Travel Medicine, For the Health of It Author: Daniel Smith, MD

Even hardy Minnesotans love a winter escape to warmer climates. However, if you’ve ever left children or elderly loved ones behind, you’ve probably felt a nagging, “What if?” You may have had worries about your own well-being while traveling.

Here are a few tips to help you rest your mind and enjoy your vacation:

  • Leave detailed instructions with caregivers. Specify health history, allergies, current medications and contact information for primary care providers.
  • Leave your itinerary and contact information with responsible adults.
  • Be assured that if your loved one requires hospitalization, he or she will be in good hands.

What to pack in your travel health kit:

  • Prescription medications and your health insurance card in your carry-on bag
  • Over-the-counter medicines to treat diarrhea and other stomach upsets, motion sickness, sinus congestion, pain, fever, cough
  • Supplies to prevent illness or injury (insect repellent, sunscreen, antibacterial hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, eye drops)
  • Basic first aid supplies (bandages, antiseptic, tweezers, aloe gel, digital thermometer)

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