You have made it through another year of holiday travel, complete with crowded airports, busy freeways, and stressed family members. Travel stress always seems to be amplified over the last months of the year, but how many of us experienced an emergency that made traveling that much more hectic? Maybe food poisoning had you sidelined during Christmas, or one of the kids managed to hit their head on the fireplace at your relative’s home. Whatever it might have been, the next time you face an emergency while out of town, you can be ready to face it with a few helpful tips:
1.) Be Prepared. The best thing you can do when getting your holiday (or any time of year) travel plans together is to be prepared for anything that might befall you or your loved ones while on vacation. If you’re going overseas, be aware of any health concerns going on at your destination. Arm yourself with a travel health kit that not only includes prescription and over the counter medications, but also first aid supplies, vitamins, and your health insurance information. Pack clothing that will protect you from the elements, whether it’s sun or snow. Give your body a fighting chance against illness by staying hydrated and getting plenty of sleep before and during your trip.
2.) Know Your Options. One of the hardest issues to face when dealing with a medical emergency at home or on vacation can be where you can go to receive care, and which establishments will accept your insurance. There is nothing like a heavy medical bill to compound an already hectic health emergency, and this is something that can usually be avoided with a little planning. Most insurance providers have a tool on their website to find the closest urgent care, emergency room, or hospital. Use these tools to do some research and make a plan for the best course of action in the worst case scenario. Do you have a travel credit card? Check with your card company to see if they offer coverage for medical expenses.
3.) Don’t Stress. This last tip may sound like a tall order, but one of the most important things to keep in mind when dealing with any medical emergency is to keep a level head. Staying calm for yourself and your family members can go a long way in de-stressing the situation. It’s true that you can’t predict an emergency. But, if you have prepped and planned for this situation, you should be ready to face most of the illnesses, bumps, and bruises that come your way.
You don’t always need to be prepared for the worst, but the more complete plan you have, the less you will be surprised when emergencies do arise!
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