Spring break for Houston schools is nearly upon us. Many families will be packing up and leaving town for a needed vacation from school and winter’s drabness. It’s essential to stay safe and healthy when traveling, but it may be even more so this year. You’ll want to keep everyone and everything in great shape, so here are some tips to think about as you plan and travel this year.
Before you leave, make sure your house is safe.
Before leaving, make sure your house is safe and secure. Arrange for someone to pick up your mail. You should also leave someone your itinerary, contact information, and a key, and if driving, be sure to have your car serviced. In some locations, the local police will more frequently drive by your house if they know you’re out of town. If possible, park a car in your driveway indicating someone’s at home.
Make sure all vaccinations and medications are up to date.
Visit with your doctor and check that your family’s vaccinations are up to date, and everyone is healthy and ready to go. If you are traveling internationally, be sure you receive your travel shots (e.g., yellow fever) in plenty of time.
If you do not have a primary care physician, make an appointment or walk-in at one of Emergency Hospital System’s ERs for a review of your medical history and vaccinations. We have four convenient locations in our communities: two in Cleveland and one each in Spring and Humble. Some travel shots are only available at certain agencies, and EHS can advise you on what might be needed, and direct you to the correct dispensing location. Call for questions or an appointment, 281-592-5400.
Reduce the chance of diarrheas using these tips.
One of the most frequent travel sicknesses and one that can ruin a great vacation is a bout of diarrhea. To prevent catching this illness follow these tips, especially if traveling out of the country
- Eat only thoroughly cooked and hot, well-prepared food.
- Drink factory sealed bottle water. Avoid locally made ice.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often and before eating. Keep your hands away from your nose and mouth.
- If you or a fellow traveler does catch diarrhea, drink plenty of fluids, and contact your doctor or Emergency Hospital System‘s ER for advice. Drink plenty of fluids and follow your doctor’s instructions.
A word about the coronavirus.
Doctors are still learning about coronavirus, but taking common-sense steps to avoid this bug is recommended by the CDC. Certainly, you should avoid vacationing in areas known to be widely suffering from the virus. Also, the CDC offers a complete list of tips to stay well, including this partial list:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use alcohol (min 60%) based hand sanitizer if the water is not available.
- See other tips on the CDC website.
Spring break is a great time to explore the world and spend time together as a family. Whether your spring break destination is near or far, taking time to plan your trip carefully, and maintaining healthy habits on the road can prevent disruptions and unhappy occurrences. Taking precautions before you leave and while you travel can make this spring break vacation one of the best.