With winter in full swing, now is the time our minds wander to warmer climates – and the urge to travel to them isn’t far behind! While we often seek out sunny destinations for a brief reprieve during these colder months, some aspects of travel can cause a pause in the fun. While we look forward to being whisked away to somewhere new, we often forget that drastic shifts in climate can open us up to attacks on our immune systems, leaving us vulnerable to travel illness.
In spite of all of this, we love to travel too! That’s why we have developed a list of the most important precautions to take prior to taking off for your next exotic destination so you can get the most out of your upcoming vacations!
Pack your vitamins
Taking your supplements daily as prescribed will ensure you are striving towards optimal health. If you do not currently have a plan of care, talk to one of our Naturopathic Doctors about creating a plan that can help strengthen your immune system before and after your trip to avoid travel illness.
IV Vitamin Therapy
IV therapy is especially useful if you are planning air travel, boost your immune system before you fly with one of our personalized intravenous vitamin therapy treatments. It is the most potent way to boost your immune function and prevent travel illness.
Making sure you’re well hydrated is critical preparation for trips as dehydration is a major factor in travel. Since travel generally includes conditions such as travelling in un-humidified airplanes, being in hot or arid climates, or exerting more energy than usual; we need to ensure that our hydration levels are optimized to support changes in bodily functions. When the airline attendant asks for your beverage order take it as a signal to have a glass of water and avoid those cups of coffee or glasses of wine. And – never be shy to ask for refills. If anyone knows in-flight
dehydration, it’s the cabin crew!
Depending on where you travel, you may be more susceptible to having travellers diarrhea or contracting other bacteria through improperly handled food or contaminated water. Reduce the risk and start taking a travel probiotic before you leave. Talk to our team of Naturopathic Doctors to find out what suits you best.
We all have a greater risk of suffering from a blood clot when we fly. Research shows that wearing compression socks or stockings during flights lasting more than 5 hours helps reduce the risk of clots known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in people who show no symptoms. Compression socks and stockings may also help reduce leg swelling, discomfort, and blood clots from forming near the skin’s surface. Choose to wear compression socks for long flights, get up to walk frequently and save yourself from the pain and hastle of getting a blood clot on your vacation.
Whether you’re going surfing or snowboarding or something in between, you always need to protect your skin from sun exposure. The reflective glare from sea and snow can make your skin more prone to burns which not only make your trip less enjoyable but it can also be dangerous in the long run. Look for natural ingredients such as zinc oxide which is a mineral used to create a physical block from the sun. Additional ingredients such as vitamin E or C are also nice ways of giving your skin a boost of topical antioxidants.
If you’re taking any prescription medication, please be sure to have enough for the duration of your trip, plus a couple of extra doses, in case of unanticipated travel changes. Always make sure that your prescriptions are in labelled bottles and that you also have a doctor’s note if necessary, as some medications might not be universally understood or accepted in different countries. You might also consider bringing a valid prescription for a refill of your medication as a just in case measure.
Travel is exciting and has so many benefits from providing a well-deserved break from routine to exploring history, learning about different cultures and to taking on new challenges and building new skills. We want you to get the very most out of your adventures, no matter how relaxed or extreme they might be.
If you’re travelling soon and want to review how to best prepare you and your family before heading away, book an appointment. Together we can make sure that you’re ready for all the excitement that lies ahead in good health!
Here’s to your next adventure!