Posted by Michael Barber, April 09, 2014 (last updated on November 28, 2018)
When you’re traveling, there are a lot of things on your mind. With your mind running in a thousand different directions, it is easy to forget the possibility of getting sick or injured. Don’t let yourself fall into this trap. Keep yourself and your family safe from illness and injury when you’re traveling with these helpful tips.
1. Get Immunized
One of the most important things you can do for your family when you’re traveling abroad is to get the proper immunizations. Talk to your doctor before you go, and make sure that you tell them where you plan to travel. They will be able to suggest proper shots and immunizations that will keep you and your family healthy and safe. Some areas of the world are more susceptible to diseases that are not prevalent at home. If you get the proper immunizations, you are less likely to suffer from the illnesses prominent in the area you plan to travel.
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2. Get Enough Sleep
When you’re traveling, your sleep schedule gets thrown off. Depending on how far from home you go, your days and nights may be completely messed up. When you get too tired, you are more likely to get injured due to sleepiness. Injuries all the way from tripping to car accidents are all caused by fatigue, due to jet lag. Make sure to start adjusting your schedule a few days before you leave. This will allow you to get used to the schedule you will be on, ensuring you aren’t as tired and preventing avoidable injuries.
3. Get Informed
Make sure that you understand some of the problems that you may face when you travel. For example, understanding that the water may cause diarrhea or stomach problems will help you keep yourself and your family healthy. In this case, understanding and being informed about any possible problems will lead you to drink only bottled water when you’re on your vacation. Do your research before you go so you are prepared for your trip, no matter where you plan to travel. You can get useful information by talking to your doctor, travel agent, or even searching online.
4. Get Focused
As you’re traveling, it’s important that you keep your focus. Whether you’re driving around or walking, it is easy to let your focus wander. Unfortunately, as you’re looking at all the great attractions and interesting buildings, accidents happen. You may trip and fall. If you’re walking, it’s easy to bump into other people when you’re not paying attention. If you’re driving and looking at the attractions instead of the road, accidents happen. These car accidents can lead to injury, and in some cases, even death.
Make sure you’re focused on the important things around you, and remain stationary when you stop to see the sights.
There are many injuries and illnesses that can happen when you’re traveling. If you go through the right preparations and understand the possibilities, you are more likely to stay safe. Bring along copies of your insurance card to help in the case of an illness or injury.