Travel Safely

Week-long spring breaks are scattered throughout March and April for students from elementary school through college. For students and their families who will take advantage of the time off to travel, make sure to consider your health needs when you’re making travel plans to make trips more comfortable and healthy:

  • Stay well-hydrated during trips to prevent fatigue.
  • If you will be seated for a long time, try to get up every two to three hours and move around; this is especially important for those at risk for blood clots.
  • Be sure to have enough of your medication with you and include enough for a few extra days in case travel plans change.
  • Keep physician phone numbers handy and your insurance information with you.
  • Many physicians now are accessible through the Internet, so take that address with you. 
  • A personal first aid kit can always be useful; consider packing over-the-counter pain relievers, cough medication, anti-diarrhea medication, and allergy medication, as well as band aids, antibiotic ointment and anti-itch cream. If traveling with young children, be sure to have age-appropriate medicines.
  • For those traveling overseas, take common medications (such as the above kit) with you, as well as any over-the-counter medications or health aids you expect to need. Availability and/or cost may vary abroad.
  • If you are being treated for a chronic illness or condition, discuss travel plans with your doctor to see if there are any precautions or arrangements he or she recommends.