NYACK, N.Y. -- Before heading off on a winter vacation, a little advanced planning and precaution can help travelers stay healthy and enjoy oft-needed rest and relaxation, says the experts at Highland Medical group in Nyack.
"One of the most important things you can do is having several extra days worth of prescription medicine on hand in case of weather delays," said Dr. Arthur Appel, an internist and nephrologist with Highland Medical, P.C. and Nyack Hospital, who operates a practice in Pearl River.
“If you’re flying, carry important medication onboard with you,” advises Appel. “If you pack it in your checked luggage, it could be lost, especially during the busy holiday season.” If you are going away for a long period and don’t want to carry all of your medication onboard, split it up among different checked bags. No matter the destination, Appel stresses to bringing cards that list a patient's medical conditions, medications and allergies.
Before leaving, check your health insurance policy to see if it provides coverage. “Your Medicare policy will be good in Florida, but you might not be covered outside the country,” said Appel. “If you have a supplemental policy, find out if it covers international travel. You don’t want to get socked with a big medical bill.”
When flying, try to get an aisle seat so it’s easier to get up and walk around. “It’s important to walk around so blood doesn’t pool in the veins of your legs, which puts you at risk of a blood clot,” said Appel. “If you walk around, the muscles in your legs contract and squeeze the blood out of the veins, which prevents clots.”
If you’re going to a colder climate, have extra layers ready when you step outside the airport. If you’re going to a warmer climate, have lighter clothing underneath your layers. The most important item of clothing no matter where you’re headed is a comfortable pair of shoes says Appel. “Bring a pair of shoes that are cushioned, with heels that aren’t too high or too hard on the bottom. Shoes that hurt won’t let you do the things you want to do.”
To learn more tips about traveling this winter, visit Highland Medical's website.