health and safety checklist before you travel

Scrambling to find the urgency care or hospital while on vacation? It seemed to happen to my family a lot. By now, we pretty much know where every urgency care location is in our favorite vaca spots. Things happen, and it is best we be prepared.

I talked to our wonderful family nurse practitioner who is also a mother of two, Wendy Zyziewski, and she filled me in on everything we should bring traveling to be medically prepared for bumps, bruises and the bigger stuff.

Make sure to check in Sunday as Wendy shares very beneficial information on summer health and safety including allergies, poison oak and the best sun protection picks.Later on, we’ll share with you what she says about little ones and water safety, bug bites and heat exhaustion

 

Health & Safety Traveling Advice

1. Always have a copy of your medical insurance and your PCP’s phone number and address with you when traveling as well as a list of medical conditions, medications and allergies for each person.

2. If parents are traveling without their children, make sure that you leave a note for whoever the care provider might be (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc…) that you authorize them to seek health care for your child in your absence and sign it. Provide the care giver a copy of your insurance and PCP information as well.

Your first aid kit should include:

  • Tylenol (acetaminophen) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen)
  • Antibiotic ointment (polysporin)
  • Prescription medications (a month’s supply)
  • Bandaids (in various sizes) * Gauze pads and  tape (hypoallergenic)
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Soap or saline wash
  • Vaseline
  • Moistened towelettes
  • Thermometer

check out www.aap.org and kidshealth.org for more useful and trusted information

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2 thoughts on “health and safety checklist before you travel

  1. Pingback: summer need-to-know from the doc: allergies, sunscreen & poison oak | myabcsoup

  2. Pingback: part II from the doc: bites, stings, water safety and heat | myabcsoup

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