Business travel is not as glamorous as it seems and it can really run you down if you don’t plan ahead.
Taking simple steps can help reduce the risks to your health.
- Take your meds as prescribed and keep them in your carry-on luggage packed in their original containers.
- Have a list of your meds in your wallet with the names of your doctors and any of your diagnosed conditions,
- If you are on medications that are time released such as some heart and diabetic meds you need to talk to your doctor about adjusting them especially if there is a time change.
- If you have had a recent nuclear stress test get a note from your cardiologist because the residue on your body may alert security.
- Make sure you keep to a schedule with your meals and snacks, especially if your meds affect you differently when you don’t eat
- If you are diabetic pack your glucose testing device and insulin on your person, do not pack in your luggage, Ditto for your meds
- If you have a medical device attached to your body, metal devices and or something you wear like an insulin pump call the TSA ahead to make sure you are not subject to any difficulties at the airports.
- Pack over the counter meds just in case based on your past history, ex: baby aspirin to reduce the risk of blood clots.
- Have small meals throughout the day it’s easier on your heart, helps reduce cravings and is especially important to those with diabetes.
- Don’t eat fatty foods, or larger meals and alcohol late at night can lead to heartburn
- Watch your sodium and fat intake most restaurants use large amounts
- Keep healthier snacks available, fruit, veggie sticks, small amounts of unsalted nuts or dried fruit, light yogurt. Have a fridge set up in your room.
- If you have food allergies or intolerances research restaurants ahead of time.
- Keep well hydrated before, during and after your trip especially on planes
- Consume mostly water and non-carbonated calorie free beverages
- Move your body more whenever you can, make sure on flights you get up and stretch several times to reduce risk of blood clots.
- Make sure you have insurance that covers medical issues while traveling