Helpful Tips, Winter
What to Do If You Feel Under the Weather While Traveling
Nobody plans on getting sick while traveling, but it’s something we should all be prepared for — especially in the age of COVID-19. These days, it’s even more critical that we all take extra precautions to protect ourselves from illness before, during, and after a trip — and ensure we have a good plan in place in case we do start to feel under the weather while visiting a new city, state, or country.
To learn how to stay healthy and safe while visiting Bear Lake Garden City Utah, another US city, or any other part of the world, check out these tips from Water’s Edge Resort.
Plan Ahead for Sickness and Injury
Even if you’re feeling perfectly healthy before leaving on a trip, you can never really know what the future might hold. You could end up catching an illness on a flight; consuming contaminated food or drinking water while traveling; or becoming sick or injured due to a new or existing medical condition, fall, motor vehicle accident, or another potentially life-threatening emergency. As such, it’s important to plan for the worst so you’ll have everything you need if you require medical attention while traveling.
Here are a few things to consider before leaving on a trip:
- Confirming whether your current health insurance plan covers emergency medical services in other states and purchasing a travel insurance plan if traveling abroad.
- Packing a traveler’s first-aid kit that includes any medications or supplements you take daily, as well as pain relievers, antihistamines, bandages, antibacterial wipes, and hand sanitizer.
- Carrying a medical alert card if you live with a chronic medical condition.
Carry Digital Copies of Medical Records
If you have a lengthy medical history or live with a chronic health condition, you might also consider merging your health information into one PDF document and uploading your medical records to cloud storage for easy access while traveling. Online tools make it easy to digitize your paper medical records and save everything as one PDF file, eliminating the need to pack physical health documents in your suitcase or carry-on.
To begin the process of digitizing your medical records, this will show you how to add a page to a PDF document or delete, rotate, and reorder pages to better organize your information. Be sure to include proof of any vaccinations you’ve received (including COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters), recent COVID-19 test results (if pertinent), and a current list of any medications you take. Your medical record should also list your allergies and health insurance information.
Protect Yourself From Illness
Planning ahead for sickness and injury is certainly important, but there are some precautions you can take to reduce your risk of getting sick in the first place. If you’re traveling by plane or using public transportation, for instance, it’s a good idea to wear a well-fitting face mask — even if doing so isn’t required, and you’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Regular hand washing and sanitizing are also recommended while traveling, and it’s best to avoid touching your face, mouth, or eyes whenever your hands are not freshly washed.
In addition to protecting yourself from germs and viruses while traveling, there are some general practices you can follow to stay healthy, fit, and well. These include drinking plenty of water; eating lots of fruits, vegetables, and probiotic-rich foods; and looking for ways to work out as normal from a hotel or resort. If you’re traveling for business, make sure the people you’re meeting with are aware of any dietary restrictions you have so they can plan meals accordingly.
Seek Medical Attention if Needed
Regardless of how much you plan and how many precautions you take to reduce your risk of getting sick, there’s always a chance that you’ll feel under the weather while traveling. And as tempted as you may be to push on when you’re not feeling well, the best thing you can do is rest as much as possible, stay out of the sun, and drink water. Self-isolation is especially important if you’re traveling and think you could have COVID.
If you start to feel very sick while traveling, you may need to seek emergency medical care. Enlist the help of the concierge at Water’s Edge Resort or other Bear Lake Utah hotels so they can point you in the right direction and help to make your stay more comfortable, even when you’re feeling unwell.
Getting sick while traveling is never fun, but there are several preparations you can make to protect yourself in the event that you sustain an injury or become ill while visiting a new city, state, or country. From digitizing your medical records to packing a mini first-aid kit so you can treat minor health concerns while traveling, you’ll feel so much better knowing you’ve planned for the worst — even when you’re expecting to have the time of your life.
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