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Dec 20, 2014
Health Tips

Tips to ensure a safe & healthy vacation

Christmas vacations have begun and it’s time to start packing your belongings to visit your favorite destination. Although you may be looking forward to have a great time away from home, with your loved ones, certain undesirable & unexpected circumstances could end up ruining your holidays. In order to avoid such an event, follow these essential tips that could ensure a safe & healthy vacation:

Plan a visit to your general physician for a general medical check-up so as to ensure that you are physically fit to go on a trip. It is also important to keep the contact numbers of your physician/healthcare provider handy so that you can be in touch with them and obtain medical advice as & when needed

Do not forget to carry all prescription & non-prescription medicines for emergencies. Also ensure that these medicines are placed in your handbag or in a place that’s easily accessible. It would also be a good idea to carry a small first-aid kit with basic medical supplies, just in case you or anyone else is injured during the trip

Try to avoid outside food as much as possible. If the distance travelled is short, you can also pack some home-made food for the journey. Food cooked in railway canteens and also those that are purchased from roadside stalls can be unhygienic and cause stomach infections, with symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting

Avoid visiting places that have been reported as medically unsafe or the ones that are presently having an outbreak.

Since its winter season, and most holiday spots are freezing during this time of the year, make sure that you carry plenty of woolen clothes to keep you warm.

If you are travelling with kids, make sure you have all the essentials, including baby food and medicines before you leave home. Long hours of travelling can make them uneasy and cranky at times. It is in times like these when you can use their favorite toy or a snack in order to distract them.

If you are travelling by car, it is highly essential to follow the traffic rules. Remember… by not doing so you will not only be risking your own life but also the life of your loved ones. Drinking & Driving is an absolute ‘No-No’. Always wear the seat belts and do not SMS or talk on your mobile phone while driving. If possible drive during the day. Nighttime driving can prove to be risky in many ways.

Be flexible and mentally prepared for all kinds of emergencies. Sometimes inspite of proper planning, things may not go as expected. Hotel mix-ups, delayed flights and minor accidents are pretty common during trips. Do not fret too much over such instances and try not to get overly stressed about the same. Just realize the fact that certain things are beyond our control and try to come up with solutions to deal with the problem.

The only way that you can enjoy your trip is if you keep your calm at all times.