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Health Checks You Should Make Before Any Trip

27th October 2020

If you are planning on going on a trip somewhere abroad, or even at home, you need to make sure that you are truly ready for that when the time comes. One of the major concerns here is that your health is in good shape and that you are physically and mentally ready for the experience. This is especially important if you are thinking about going on a longer trip, or to somewhere exotic that your body is not used to. So what do you need to do? Let’s take a look at some of the important health checks you might want to make before any such trip.

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Are Your Prescriptions Up To Date?

First of all, if you are taking any medications, then you need to make sure that your prescriptions are up to date. Most importantly, you should ensure that you have enough for the duration of the trip, but it’s also necessary to think about checking in with the doctor anyway before you go, especially if you are going on a longer trip. You might need them to sign you off for a longer time, or you might have to seek out a doctor wherever you are travelling to, so consider your options. Remember that prescriptions also include things like eyeglasses, and you might need to treat yourself to a new pair at before you go.

Are You Feeling Well?

As a general precaution, you should make sure that you are actually feeling well in yourself too, as if you suddenly become ill while you are travelling it can really affect things in a hugely negative way. In fact, this has never been more important to think about than right now, with the global pandemic fully gripping the world still. You need to take particular care that you are not suffering with any of the coronavirus symptoms – shortness of breath, a dry cough, or a high fever. If you are, you should probably get a test, call off the trip and postpone it until you are feeling better – as frustrating as that might be. The good news is that most travel agents are being very flexible with refund options as a result of covid-19 right now.

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Do You Need Any Vaccinations?

You need to check with the official advice for where you are going as to whether you need any vaccinations. If you do, you should absolutely make sure that you are getting them as and when necessary, as otherwise you could be putting yourself in serious risk – and therefore your friends and family too. Some destinations require by law that you have certain vaccinations, others will not check – but it is still wise to do so if you care about your health and the health of other people. Make sure you go early enough and get the vaccinations you need for your holiday in time.

These simple checks should become a standard part of the way that you approach your travels, so that you can always take care.

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