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Important Health Tips for Long-Term Travelers

By Lana Bandoim

Whether you plan to stay in Rome for several months or visit every city in Japan for six months, long-term travel can affect your health. Before packing extra suitcases and making hotel arrangements, consider the following tips.

Consider Health Problems and Complications

Long-term travel can be exciting, but it can also create additional stress that ruins people’s health. Consider your current health problems and possible complications. Keep in mind that language and cultural barriers can make it more difficult to see a doctor on a regular basis while traveling. In addition, health insurance may be a problem because your current plan may not cover travel.

Find Doctors and Clinics

Having a plan can reduce the risk of serious health issues while traveling. Consider finding a doctor and several clinics before traveling. Make sure that you are able to navigate the health system in a foreign country and understand the limitations.

Counterfeit medications can be a problem for some travelers. It can be more difficult to read labels and ingredients in a different language. Be prepared to navigate the clinics and hospitals in another country.

Learn Medical Terms

If you have a serious allergy or other medical problem, is it important to learn the right medical terms in the foreign language. In addition to using a paper dictionary, consider installing apps and using other tools to make it easier to discuss health problems. Try to have a basic understanding of the foreign language so communication in hospitals and clinics is easier.

Print out and laminate small cards that have information about your allergies or other medical issues in several languages. You can find websites that sell these types of cards or make your own versions. Make sure the information is accurate and is updated before traveling. Keep in mind that these cards may need to be used during an emergency.

Plan for Emergencies

What will happen if you lose consciousness while traveling and end up in an emergency room? Even the healthiest travelers can have accidents or other problems abroad. Try to plan for emergencies and make sure family members or friends know your location. Avoid dangerous activities that increase the risk of injuries and hospital visits.

Long-term travel can transform your life, but it can also have a negative impact on your health. Consider these tips and make the necessary preparations before getting on a plane and starting a new adventure.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Gold River, Calif.

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