People all across the nation are living with serious health problems. It could be high blood pressure, blood clots in the legs, diabetes or something else. If you see a doctor regularly for any condition, then you may be concerned about getting in the RV to make a long drive to another state. However, you don’t have to let your health condition stop you from making the most of your vacation time. Here are some tips to help you travel safely when you have a condition to keep a watchful eye on.
Talk with your Doctor
Make an appointment to see your doctor four to six weeks before you leave for vacation. You can discuss dealing with time changes and if they’ll impact your medication schedule, if you need destination-specific vaccines and whether there are health concerns in the area you’re traveling to. Make sure that our medications are current and have them filled ahead of time so that you won’t run out while you’re enjoying your RV adventure.
The last thing a diabetic or heart patient wants to do is spend a few days living on fast food. Avoid this problem by planning on stopping for healthy meals and taking along appropriate snacks. Snacks that are high in protein and low in sugar are a better choice than chips and cookies. You should also pack plenty of water so that you can cut back on your soda intake while you’re traveling.
Medication List and Emergency Contact
Create a list of medications that you take, basic information about your health condition, your doctor’s contact information and emergency phone numbers for immediate family members. Keep this list in your wallet with a copy of it in the RV. If you have a medical emergency and are unresponsive, this information may prove to be critical. Even if you don’t normally wear a medical alert bracelet, you may want to consider getting one before you leave to go RVing.
You can travel with confidence even if you have a serious medical condition. Your doctor can advise you on how often you should rest and different risks that you should watch out for. You can protect yourself by continuing your healthy eating habits even on the road. Finally, ensure that emergency personnel have the information they need by keeping a list of your basic medical information on hand.