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Travel Planning Guide for Health and Safety

Travel Planning Guide for Health and Safety
Linda Guerrera

Travel season is officially here. If you’re like me, you want to reach your destination quickly with the least stress possible. But we all know that traveling can become a hassle—airports, traffic, packing, coordinating rental cars, and itineraries.   

With all that has happened in recent years, putting more planning into your planning is more important than ever. Here are some things that you want to think about before going on your next trip.

Your Checklist For Planning A Trip 

1. First Aid Kit 

You should keep this in your luggage when you store it away. A first aid kit will be very handy for small cuts or headaches. Don’t forget to add any prescription medications you take and the following items:  

Note: If you leave your travel first aid kit in your luggage when you store it away, check the expiration dates on the products.

2. Refillable Water Bottle 

We have heard how important it is to drink water at least a million times! Amirite? This is not only important advice for your everyday well-being but especially crucial when traveling. Make it fun! Find a refillable water bottle that speaks to you. I don’t mean that it should literally talk to you (although you know there are talking water bottles); search for one in your favorite color or fits your hand just right, or maybe one with a clip so you can attach it to your travel bag.  

Important tip: If your travels take you to a place known for poor-quality drinking water, buy a bottle with a built-in water filter.   

3. Sunscreen 

No-brainer, right? Yet, how many times have you forgotten to pack it along? Make sure the sunscreen you choose protects against both UVA and UVB rays and remember to reapply during the day and after swimming.   

4. Hand Sanitizer 

We have all seen the importance of hand sanitizer in recent years. This should be a staple in your first aid kit. For hand sanitizer to be effective, it must have at least 60% alcohol. Use it after touching surfaces or coming into contact with others.   

5. Bug Repellent 

Not only can mosquitos and other biting insects ruin a great day (or keep you up at night trying not to scratch the welts they leave behind) they also carry diseases that can be fatal. Bug repellents are now available in many forms, like sprays, lotions, and wipes, making it easy and convenient to stay bite-free. Effective bug repellents contain DEET, picaridin, and certain essential oils such as: 

  • Lemon eucalyptus
  • Dill
  • Thyme 
  • Garlic 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Lavender 
  • Peppermint 
  • Citronella 
  • Limonene 

Note: Most essential oils must be diluted before applying to the skin. You can also make your own bug repellant from 1 part lemon eucalyptus or lavender oil and 10 parts witch hazel. Shake it up and spray exposed skin and clothing.

 

6. Face Masks 

The need for face masks has greatly decreased in the last year. However, it’s really important to have a stash. They are beneficial not only when there is an outbreak of an airborne virus (including influenza) but as we had recently witnessed in the northeast when wildfires from Canada sent smoke to our neck of the woods and created a health hazard due to poor air quality.   

7. Disinfectant Wipes 

No one should ever travel without disinfectant wipes! Ever! They are convenient and great for cleaning surfaces that are frequently touched. You can use them to disinfect anything you encounter, and they are especially useful on airplanes or trains.   

8. Travel Pillow and Blanket 

Getting to your destination can be stressful. Airplane lines, going through security, traffic on the highway, and hungry kids can all cause travel anxiety. Bringing a little comfort from home can make a huge difference and start your vacation on the right foot.   

Also available: You can find packable blankets and inflatable travel pillows that fold super-small, so they don’t take up a lot of space in your suitcase or carry-on!

9. Power Bank and Portable Charger

Traveling without our devices! Oh, the horror! Choose a charger that will charge your cellular companions effectively, and don’t forget to bring compatible cords.   

10.Travel Insurance 

Many people think this extra cost is not a priority. But remember how many things have been canceled or have the potential of being canceled. If something happens unexpectedly, travel insurance will give you peace of mind and financial protection. But not all travel insurances are alike. Ensure you read the policy to know exactly what is covered. Don’t rely on the first one you find; something else may be less expensive and covers more.  

Great Tip: Check if your credit card company provides travel insurance if you use their card to book your vacation. It is an extra perk of some cards and could save you money while protecting your trip. 

Taking the time to go over this checklist will ensure that your vacation is everything that you envisioned. Preparing for the unexpected can make all the difference between a travel holiday and a nightmare. Stay Safe! Happy travels!

 

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Linda Guerrera has been the Digital Content Manager for Health Products For You since 2022. A recipient of the New York State Broadcasters Award for Outstanding Work in Radio, she spent over ...

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