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Stay Healthy and Safe During Your Summer Trips

Author:Dr.Irena Mehandjiska Shumanska

There is a saying that great things never came from the comfort zones. They come from the variety of life adventures and risks we took in life. We are at the beginning of summer 2021, and it is the right time to arrange and plan your unforgettable trips and adventures. You will intend to check and take with you the list of necessary things: don’t forget to look over your health status, update your first aid kit, look into your vaccination calendar(especially if visiting tropical areas), and learn first aid skills. Please read about the travel safety tips below; they will help you prepare for your trips and stay healthy and safe while enjoying the best of your summer vacation.


Check your health status with your GP

Before traveling, don’t forget to visit your GP to check your health status. It is good to make basic blood tests; look into your vaccination calendar. Suppose you are traveling to some of the endemic areas for rare infectious diseases. In that case, it is recommended to be vaccinated against yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, Diphtheria, Cholera, Rabies, and Hepatitis A. You may need other vaccines before you travel, depending on your destination, medical history, planned activities, and other health concerns.


Prevent travel-related health issues

The most common health issues affecting your trip are diarrhea, blisters, common cold, bladder infections, superficial skin traumas like cuts and scrapes, mosquito bites, muscle aches and pains, jet leg, and sexually transmitted diseases. To prevent or ease the symptoms of these unpleasant health issues on your trips, you need to fill in your first aid kit with medicines and other care supplies.

Necessary things to fill in the first aid kit:

* Probiotics and electrolytes, painkillers and fever medicine, and antibiotics. If you have chronic therapy, don’t forget to take your medication on your trips.

*You will need alcoholic wipes for disinfection or iodine sticks for any skin trauma and sterile cotton pads or sterile gauze;

*Insects repellants to prevent insect stings and bites;

*Vitamins and Minerals as supplements to support your immune system;

*Bandages (elastic and triangular) to bandage a limb when having a muscle or joint injury.


Learn First Aid Skills

Make sure before traveling to update your first aid skills and also learn a new skill. Knowing some of the first aid skills will keep you and your family and friends safe and healthy on your trips. For example, you can attend first aid training and learn how to bandage an arm, clean a wound and bandage a hand, and save someone choking by performing the Heimlich Maneuver. In addition, knowing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation )can help you save someone's life.