Tips for Healthy Holiday Travel

November 16, 2021

Mark L. Friedman, MD, FACEP, FACP

With travel restrictions lifted and another holiday season approaching, many Americans are eager to take full advantage of the 2021 holiday season. If you’re planning to hit the road yourself, the following precautions will help you stay safe and healthy on vacation.  


1. Get vaccinated.

It’s much safer to be vaccinated than not, especially when you’re traveling. Are you and your family protected against current epidemic illnesses – COVD 19 and the flu? Are you up to date on your other routine vaccinations (ex. tetanus, pneumonia, childhood vaccinations)?  
If you’re unsure about vaccines, a First Stop Health doctor will be happy to talk through your questions and concerns. Just request a visit via app or web. Our doctors can also consult you on what travel vaccines to get if needed. 


2. Travel safely – and mask up. 

While commercial air travel these days is quite safe, transportation to and from the airport may be less so. If you are driving, be sure to have a safe vehicle, buckle your seat belts and follow safety precautions. Masks are currently required at airports, on airplanes and on most forms of public transportation. 


3. Remember your health essentials.  

Do you take a regular medication? Carry a rescue inhaler or EpiPen? Be sure to remember these items on your trip and keep them close to you – in your carry-on bag, for example, rather than your checked luggage. If you do forget or misplace your medication on your trip, you can use First Stop Health telemedicine to get a quick refill.* 


4. Pack and plan for your destination. 

Are you traveling to the beach? Mountains? A tropical resort? Research and understand any specific risks, such as: altitude sickness, sea sickness, mosquito- or tick-borne illnesses, sun exposure, or other health issues.  
Pack accordingly. Bring relevant items like sunscreen and Benadryl to stay healthy and comfortable. Download the First Stop Health app to make getting care a breeze if you need a doctor on vacation.   


5. Take basic safety precautions.  
Planning to kayak, zipline or bodysurf? When trying new activities, be sure to use protective equipment (such as a helmet or lifejacket), get proper instruction, listen up during the safety rundown and trust your gut. Even something as simple as a sprained ankle can ruin your trip. Remember: If it seems dangerous, it probably is. 


Best wishes for happy, healthy, safe vacation travels from First Stop Health. 



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Originally published Nov 16, 2021 3:48:47 PM.