At one time or another, just about all of us find ourselves away from home for an extended period of time. This might be because of a vacation, or a work trip, or anything else. The truth is that no matter what the reason it’s important to keep your health in mind. A lot of people tend to ignore their health while they’re away, especially those on vacation. They assume that there’s no reason to think about it, as though they’ve left any health concerns at home with everything else. However, not only is your health still just as important but any issues that come up when you’re on your travels can be far scarier than if they happened at home. With that in mind, here are three things that you should do every time to arrive in a new place to ensure that your health is in safe hands.
Find A Local Doctor
There are few things worse than getting sick when you’re away from home. Not only do you just want to be able to get into your own bed but it can spoil the whole reason for your trip. Make sure that you have the contact information of a local doctor’s surgery so that you don’t end up struggling to get the help that you need. Most surgeries will allow you to make an appointment without registering if it’s serious, but if it’s a real emergency, then there’s only one place to go.
Know The Location Of The Nearest Emergency Room
A trip to the emergency room is never fun, but it’s even less fun if you’re driving around trying to find the right place with no idea of where you are or where you’re going. That’s why it’s so important that you figure out the location of the nearest emergency room to wherever you are. Now, thanks to Google maps and smartphones, that’s a lot easier than it used to be but trying to figure that out when you’re also dealing with some kind of emergency can be a complete and total nightmare. Of course, you’ll want to have at least some idea of how you’re getting around and what the route to the emergency room would be like. It might even be worth taking a dry run just to ensure there aren’t any nasty surprises along the way.
Be Careful What You’re Eating
One of the very best things about travelling to new places is getting to try all of the new and delicious food that they have to offer. However, that can often be as much of a risk as a reward. It’s sad to say that food hygiene standards aren’t exactly the same all over the world and you could end up putting your health at risk if you’re not watching what you’re eating. Do your research on things like safe foods and whether or not the tap water is safe to drink. If something does happen then making a food poisoning holiday claim can help to recoup any money lost from dealing with getting sick. However, let’s face it, you’d much rather just not get sick in the first place!
Have Emergency Contacts
Of course, there are sometimes occasions where things are so serious that driving to the emergency room is going to take time that you simply don’t have. Or perhaps you’re not in a position to drive or be driven anywhere. Make sure you have the number for the emergency services of whatever country you’re in stored in your phone. That way you can be sure that you’re going to get the fastest, most well-equipped transport possible for when you’re in dire need of that kind of service. Sure, it’s hardly the most likely of scenarios, but it’s certainly not something that you should forget about. After all, it’s always better to be prepared.
This might seem like too much worrying or that you’re never really going to need to use any of these things. And sure, in an ideal world, you never would. Sadly we don’t live in an ideal world, and it always pays to be prepared for anything, no matter how unlikely it might be. After all, the last you want to is to end up being completely unprepared and then your entire trip is ruined as you try and deal with it. If you’re prepared then you could end up just losing a couple of days and then you can get back to enjoying your vacation the way that you wanted.