The recreational vehicle lifestyle isn’t limited to any one group of people. An incredible range of people from young to old enjoy seeing the country from the luxurious comfort of a motorhome. Campers are young and old alike. Some have children, others have pets that are like children for them. Some campers are in excellent health, but others have serious medical conditions. Many people driving RVs are also living with problems like heart disease or diabetes. While your medical condition should never keep you home, you should take certain steps when traveling to protect yourself.
The Medication and Emergency Contact List
You have a list of prescription medications you take to control your condition, but things can still go wrong. If you were to go into diabetic shock or have a heart attack, would your spouse know all the medications you take? This information is vital for emergency personnel.
Make a list of your prescriptions. Include names, doses, when you take them and what they are for. List your doctor’s name and contact information, along with at least one emergency contact who is not actually traveling with you. Keep this list in your wallet at all times because the information could save your life.
A Set Place for Emergency Supplies
If you go into anaphylactic shock from bee stings, then you aren’t going to travel without your Epipen. While you will carry one with you, it’s wise to have a back-up pen in a set place in the camper. Diabetics who are battling problems with falling blood sugar levels should have some fast-acting glucose treatments handy for those frightening times when they are in a daze. People with heart conditions may have special medications for emergencies.
In an emergency, every second could be the difference between living or dying. If you travel with emergency supplies for your condition, you must have a set place in the RV for them. You may not be able to communicate when these emergencies arise, so the people traveling with you must know exactly where the supplies are. Pick one spot when you first get the RV, and do not change it from one trip to the next.
Receive Proper Training Before Traveling
It’s important for your traveling companions to know what to do in an emergency. They should know how to dispense medications and check blood sugar levels. Many hospitals and clinics offer training programs to help loved ones learn how to care for people with common medical conditions. Invest in this training before you head out for another trip. It can take the paramedics time to get to a campground out in the country, so an informed spouse could save your life.
It’s important that you have an emergency plan if you are traveling with a medical condition. Taking the time to get prepared before you head out could save your life. Keep the list of medications with you, make sure your emergency supplies are in one set place and invest in training for your traveling companions. With these measures, you can safely travel even if you have some health problems.