Preparing for Medical Mishaps during Travel

 

Are you “medically equipped” to travel?

Are you carrying first aid information and information on where to get medical help while you’re traveling? If you or any of the members traveling with you suffer from a chronic ailment (like heart disease, cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure or asthma), are prone to allergies, have eyesight or hearing troubles or have stress-related problems, make sure you’re carrying your medications and first aid kit on your trip. In addition, you should carry a list of important medical assistance phone numbers or hospital information for the places you’re planning to visit to deal with emergency situations. If you take medications requiring a prescription, make sure you carry those medications in their original containers and investigate whether you need to carry other documentation from your physician showing that these medications have been prescribed. Listed below are some of the most common drugs used by travelers. Remember, however, to consult a doctor before taking them, since every drug has potential side effects:

  • Aspirin- Most effective for people suffering from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) also known as economy-class syndrome, caused due to blood clotting in the leg, especially during long flights.
  • Sleeping medications- Useful in case of long-haul flights. Caution: Before taking any sleeping pills during travel, try it out at home to check for side effects.
  • Motion sickness patches- Caused by erratic motion that disturbs the balance in the inner ear as well as eyes. Common drugs are, Bonine (meclizine) and Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) both of which are motion sickness medications and can also be effective as sleep aids.

Jet Lag

A physiological condition caused by the disruption in our “internal body clock”; worst affected are frequent fliers. Some of the most popular drugs for treating jet lag are:

(i) Melatonin

(ii) Co-E1 NADH (previously known as Enada NADH), also an effective vitamin B supplement.

Ear-related Infections and/or Sinus

If you are prone to respiratory infections, common cold or allergies, chances are sinus and ear infections would bother you the most during air travel. Using a nasal spray or decongestant before takeoff can prove helpful.

Traveler’s Diarrhea

One of the most common side effects of traveling is “traveler’s diarrhea,” popularly known as “traveler’s tummy.” Common drugs used by travelers are Imodium or Pepto-Bismol.

Other traveling Maladies and Drugs

Often a persistent headache, a sore back, or a sore throat could ruin your vacation single-handedly. For such occasions, you might want to carry pain relievers such as acetominophen, aspirin and ibuprofen in your medical kit. If you’re allergic to environmental elements in the location to which you are traveling, you may consider taking a decongestant or anti-histamine, such as Oxymetazoline and Allegra (Fexofenadine).

 

Make the most of your time and resources

You’ve probably spent years working hard, and you’ve established your financial security over the years by working with your investment advisor and tax advisor to develop a diversified set of investments, including stocks, bonds, IRAs, 401(k)s, real estate, and other assets. Now is the time to use those wise investments to travel the world or simply travel to renew friendships and family ties!