We aren’t blessed with a lot of vacation time over here in the States, so if accident or illness occurs on day one of our breaks, it can be disappointing, to say the least. But, while you just can’t control everything and there is an element of bad luck to contend with, there are some important things you can do if you want to avoid sickness or an injury ruining your time away. I’ve put together a few tips which you need to know before setting off on a trip – either abroad or at home – which should help you avoid the worst.
Travel sickness is a genuine concern for all parents. Driving for long periods in the car, choppy waters on a boat, and the nasty periods of turbulence you always experience on a plane are all the key culprits. And when the littles ones get travel sick, it can wallop them. A trip to the doctors beforehand can give you some medicine to deal with nausea, or, according to webmd.com, a bit of ginger might settle the stomach. Also, while traveling, try to keep the kids – and yourselves – hydrated by giving them small sips of water on a regular basis.
It should go without saying you need to make sure you have the correct health insurance to travel, but you would be surprised by how many people fail to check. And if you go abroad, or even to another state, you might end up having to fork out an extreme amount of money if you get a strange illness or have an accident. Health insurance won’t stop you from getting sick, but if you don’t have it, you might ruin your trip – and not be able to afford another one for many years to come.
Know the area
Take some time to get to know where the medical and healthcare facilities are in any city you are staying – you never know when you might need them. This is especially true if you are doing anything like mountain climbing or going for long treks in the wilderness. As airevacinternational.com point out, if you travel to an area that has limited resources, a standard ambulance service may not be able to reach you in time. Or, more importantly, deliver you to the appropriate healthcare setting to recover.
Safety in the Sun
Again, we all know the importance of sunscreen, but on vacation, our brains seem to go walkabout when it comes to protecting ourselves from skin cancer. When you are in sunny climes, always make sure you are applying a great sunscreen with a high SPF – and always use the highest grade possible on your kids. Sunburn can ruin any vacation, but it’s the impact of that burning in later life that you might regret most.
Food and drink
Finally, going abroad can take its toll on the tummy, particularly if you are all eating food that you are typically unaccustomed to. And, of course, when you are on vacation, there is a tendency to drink a little more than you would usually, too. The solution? Be careful – both with what you eat and drink. It’s a time to rejuvenate and relax, of course, but it won’t take too much to overdo it.