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Travel Safety Tips

  1. To avoid muscle strain while driving to your destination make frequent stops and stretch your legs and back muscles. Here is an interesting article about Economy Class Syndrome or, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), Click Here.

  2. Continue taking your medication as prescribed, including diuretics.

  3. Make sure you are properly immunized prior to travel. Here is a link to immunizations recommended for travel outside of Canada by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Click Here.

  4. Travel with essentials, i.e. thermometer, Tylenol (or other pain killers), basic first aid kit, etc…

  5. If you are taking prescription medication, bring an adequate supply (in the original container), as well as an original renewal prescription in case you need to send home for more as a replacement or renewal.

  6. Make sure all your personal papers are in order and your family members know where they are kept.

  7. If you have food allergies make sure you know the name of those foods in the language of the country you will be visiting. Here is a free online translator offered through Google, Click Here. **Note: Medipac does not warrant the accuracy of translations provided though the referenced website.

  8. Consider a dental and/or doctor appointment prior to travel, if you have not had one in a while.

  9. Maintain your normal daily routines while away. Avoid making drastic changes of any kind, i.e. strenuous exercising, lifting, experiencing new cuisine, etc…

  10. If unwell, do not delay in seeing a doctor as soon as you notice a change in your health status. Medipac Assist offers a free referral service to Medipac clients.

  11. Avoid trying new personal hygiene products, i.e. lotions, soaps, detergents, etc…

  12. Apply sunscreen liberally prior to sun exposure. Read more on Sun Safety, Click Here.

  13. “If you have a pre-existing medical condition that could present a problem while you're travelling, it is wise to wear a MedicAlert bracelet.” – Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Here is a related link, Click Here.

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Sun Safety Tips – Courteous of Health Canada

The CSA Travellers' Checklist – Courtesy of the Canadian Snowbird Association

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