There are many perks to retirement. The biggest of which can be the many activities you will now be able to participate in, since your time is your own. It is also a time when many people decide to travel.
This is a great time to vacation since; you are not necessarily tied to a specific date for your return. One of the biggest concerns, however, is that there are often health issues that keep people from traveling, as they would like.
Still, there are ways to take care of yourself and take your dream vacation. It just involves paying special attention to your health needs, and a little preparation before embarking on the trip of a lifetime. Below are some health and safety tips that will point you in the right direction.
Be sure you are clear on all of your necessary medication. No matter what time zone you are in, make certain you take your medication at the regularly appointed time, and that you are diligent in doing so. Whether you travel by car, plane, or bus, this is still a crucial part of your everyday routine, so be sure it receives the proper attention.
Know how your insurance works in different parts of the country, or even the world. If you are unsure about what your insurance will cover, and where it will and won’t cover it, ask your carrier to provide you with this information. Make sure you understand it before leaving for your trip. This is still very important even if you do not have a pre-existing health condition.
If you find that it does not, consider purchasing a short-term health insurance policy that will help you should you need it. Short-term policies that are designed to specifically cover travel are available, so ask your carrier about them if you find this is something you will need.
Always carry your insurance information with you. This is essential at all times, but can be especially important should you suddenly become ill and require the help of others in receiving the proper medical attention.
Consider wearing a medical bracelet. If you are allergic to any foods or medications, or have any pre-existing medical conditions, that those around you will not be aware of, they may not be able to help you in an emergency situation. Having this information on hand will assist others in quickly assessing the situation and providing you with the help you need.
Another good idea for those with pre-existing medical conditions who plan on traveling outside of their country of residence, is to carry a letter explaining your condition written by your primary care physician.
This will help medical officials know how to treat you should an emergency occur.
It will also help them understand what your past treatment of the condition has been, and how to best assist you. If you need a passport, make sure you fill in all the required emergency information. Doing this will provide others with a name, address, and phone number of an emergency contact, should the need arise. It will also help to facilitate identification in the case of an accident that leaves you unconscious or incoherent.