Let’s face it, travelling is a risky pastime. From bungee jumping using unreliable third-world ropes to flitting around unfamiliar roads on a motorbike without helmet, it is a fact that injuries as severe as quadriplegia can happen. Illnesses can also befall to anyone while on a trip, therefore don’t take your chances of remaining healthy or unhurt while you’re out of town or outside the country. It is a must that you have a travel insurance you can rely on in case of medical emergencies while travelling.
Before hopping to your next destination, it is suggested that you make a list of doctors and hospitals in advance. Here are the reasons why:
- Check the Coverage of Your Insurance
You have to check the hospitals that are covered by your travel insurance. In the event of an urgent medical situation, you and your companions know which hospitals to go to. If your insurance policy is not valid for trips abroad, secure a temporary health insurance policy that can cover your medical needs overseas.
- Get Vaccinated
Before proceeding with your journey, it is a must to see medical professionals to check your health status and address your immunisation needs. For spur of the moment trips, having a list of doctors or hospitals near your area sure comes handy.
When getting vaccinated, you have to consider your age, pre-existing medical conditions (if any), medication allergies, duration of stay, and the risk of being exposed to viruses, infections or diseases that are pretty common to the region or country you’ll be visiting.
- Seek Medical Advice
If you plan on visiting a popular destination for the first time, you should consult first with doctors near your area for a medical advice and evaluation. Again, having a prepared list of doctors and hospitals comes handy especially for unexpected business trips abroad. For instance, look for hospitals that provide the services of a chiropractor.
You can consult health professionals regarding ear discomforts that your children may feel while on plane. Also ask for medical advice on how to avoid such inconvenience or how to alleviate the pain. Motion sickness is also pretty common to adults and children. Inquire about medicines that can help prevent it.
When packing for your trip, don’t forget to include medicines and some medical supplies since these may be unavailable to the place where you’re going. Always have with you at least a record of hospitals that are covered by your insurance or those that are near your area. It is also suggested to bring with you your medical history and also your travel companions’.