Prevent stress, health issues while travelling

Prevent stress, health issues while travelling

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It was the opportunity of a lifetime; living abroad in Spain with my family for a year.
Our letters home were met with wonder and awe at all of the adventures we were experiencing while submersing ourselves in Spanish culture.
We wanted to share it with a woman who deserved it; my mother-in-law.
I was determined to share my spirit of wanderlust for Christmas by booking her an all expenses paid trip to come visit us in Spain for a month. I had good intentions.
Travelling is a wonderful experience but I discovered it can come with stress that can turn a vibrant, healthy and excited retiree into a very ill (and grumpy) mother- in-law who feels trapped and isolated in a foreign land . . . and a favoured daughter-in-law into the worst hostess ever if she is ill prepared.
Dealing with jet lag, exhausting itineraries, traveller’s flu, eating foods she wasn’t used to that agitated her acid reflux and trying to find relief at a pharmacy with not only a language barrier but drug names we were not familiar with almost made this dream vacation her worst nightmare. I’m certain, that at times, she had wished we had bought her slippers for Christmas instead.
With this experience burned into my memory, and pictures to prove it, I’ve come up with a list to keep in mind when you are travelling.
This list is for anyone but especially important for boomers and seniors because as we age we get a little more susceptible to certain health issues while travelling.
With a little planning anyone can have a safe, healthy and enjoyable trip. Here are some pre-planning tips to get you started:
Pack over-the-counter supplies. New vistas mean getting out and being active which can result in achy muscles, sore feet and sunburn. It also involves exposure to new germs, which can develop into a cold or flu. Pack over-the-counter medications to treat these potential symptoms.
One option to treat jet lag is melatonin, a non addictive herbal sleep aid that can help you transition into the new time zone. Be sure to discuss with your doctor and pharmacist whether it is safe for you to take this remedy.
Discuss any medications you take with your doctor and pharmacist. Will you need refills prior to departure?
Carry a copy of your prescriptions when you travel and know the generic name of the drugs you are on. If you are travelling in a foreign country you may have difficulty obtaining a refill if you don’t have this information available.
Buy travel insurance. No one plans on getting sick or injured while on vacation but sometimes it happens.
Ask your health and travel professionals if you are required to have certain vaccinations when travelling to specific countries, and if there are any other health concerns specific to the region you are visiting.
With a little preparation and planning you can have that amazing vacation that you deserve, while also reducing your chances of the health pitfalls that can make your trip the worst idea ever.

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