How to Take Care of Your Family’s Health When Traveling in the States or Abroad

Whether you’re traveling across the U.S. or into Europe or the Far East, taking care of your health is very important. It’s easy to catch bugs that are going around when traveling. Often, you’re breathing recycled air on flights, trains, and buses that aren’t always filtered for bacteria, which means there are airborne germs floating around. Also, in foreign countries, the germs and bacteria are different and while a local might not get sick from them, you might. 

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In this article, we provide some suggestions about how to take care of your family or just yourself if traveling solo.  

Pack a Supply of Medicines

You can probably pick up medicine or order it online in the States. You’ll need a prescription from your doctor to make a subsequent collection at Walmart or Walgreens, for example, so if you need anti-biotics, stock up before you travel. 

When traveling in Europe, you’ll probably need to visit a hospital and get a checkup even if all you require is a prescription refill. Therefore, plan ahead for replacing an asthma inhaler if you or one of your children relies on it.

Beyond that, always have a small bottle of disinfectant, some band-aids, antihistamine and some over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen or paracetamol. You never know when it might come in handy.

Be Careful Where You Purchase Food and Beverages

Be careful where you eat food and drink beverages to avoid getting food poisoning. Not every restaurant or food stall has the same hygiene standards as back home. 

With food stalls in market areas, consider how long the food has been sitting out after it was cooked. Is it covered to avoid flies and other insects? Also, what’s the ambient temperature outdoors because above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius), bacteria will begin multiplying even with pre-cooked food. Look for stalls that have a steady flow of customers, so the food doesn’t sit very long once prepared.

For drinks, they’re frequently stored in the back of the store where creepy crawlies can move around at night! Therefore, pack some drinking straws to use then when drinking canned sodas to avoid your lips coming directly into contact with the can itself. Also, consider the source of the ice in a drink because if it’s made from local tap water, it could make you sick. 

Where to Seek Medical Care as a Traveler

If you run into difficulties with an injury, food poisoning or asthma problems, you may need to attend either a private medical facility or a local hospital. 

In Minnesota, there are several convenient urgent care facilities that that treat non-emergency cases where the patient comes to their facility themselves. These are fast and efficient so you can get treatment without an extensive wait. 

Elsewhere in the U.S., clinics or a hospital will be required if you’re not near your doctor’s surgery. When going abroad, book travel insurance to cover medical needs. Also, set aside funds for minor issues that need outpatient treatment just in case.

When taking the necessary precautions to avoid having a health issue, you either minimize or eliminate the need to seek medical attention when traveling. However, if you do need assistance, it’s good to know it’s available.