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12/13/2019 3:30:00 PM

Traveling is a fun way to keep in touch with friends and family. It’s also a great way to experience the world and enrich yourself. However, traveling can also be stressful, especially if you travel out of the country or for an extended period of time. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers these tips for keeping safe before and during travel.


Road Trips

Road trips are usually the least expensive way to travel, and a fun way to spend time with family. They can also be stressful and exhausting, especially with children. You can take these steps to insure that your road trips go smoothly and safely.


  • Make sure everyone is buckled up.

  • Do not drive under the influence.

  • Obey speed limits

  • Drive without distractions from cell phones.

  • Consider having more than one driver for very long trips.


Traveling Abroad

Before traveling overseas, do some research on the country you will be visiting. Depending on which country you visit, you may have to get certain vaccinations. Determine whether or not the water there will be safe to drink. Every country has its own dangers,s so make sure you’re prepared for the specific situation you will be in.


Packing

Remember to pack any daily medication you or your family will need for the trip. Also bring any medications you might need in the case of an allergic reaction or illness such as EpiPens, pain killers, and cold medicine. It’s also vital to keep all of your important documents in order. Keep copies of your passport and travel documents, prescriptions, insurance cards, proof of vaccination, and a card with the contact information of your family at home in case of an emergency.


Resources:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/pack-smart

https://www.cdc.gov/thinktravel/pdf/Think-Travel-Pre-Travel-Guide-508.pdf

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/infographic-CDC-guide-healthy-travel

https://www.cdc.gov/features/holiday-road-safety/index.html


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