The Balancing Act of Summer

All Travel Safety July 21, 2016

Summertime! The great outdoors! Campfires and s’mores!

Sunburn! Poison ivy! Bug bites and food poisoning!

Unfortunately, with the good comes the potential for bad, and as you pack your bags for your next getaway or family vacation, it’s important to think of all the necessities that you may need to help you through the rough patches you could encounter.

Quick Tips

Though these may go without saying, you can always use a friendly reminder.

  • Keep your skin protected with sunscreen
  • Stay hydrated with water
  • Ward off bugs with bug spray
  • Be prepared with allergy medications if you need them
  • Protect your eyes from harmful rays with sunglasses

Preparation and Protection

Those of you with preexisting conditions will need to take special care to remember the necessary medications and medical equipment for travel.

It’s also a good idea to do some research on your travel destination. Do you need vaccinations? Is it rainy season? Are there areas you should avoid? This stuff is need-to-know information so that you can be prepared.

But preparation can only go so far. Each moment can’t be planned, and with all the fun you’ll be having, the unexpected may happen. Broken bones, lost prescriptions or even a cold can upend a vacation if you don’t know what to do. That’s why it’s important to be protected in moments like this, to travel and enjoy the season knowing that if the unexpected does happen, you know just where to turn.

Ultimate Health Can Help!

This is where Ultimate Health’s emergency travel and medical services come into play. From emergency physician referrals all over the world to prescription and passport replacement services, this program will make sure that even when a little bit of unanticipated negativity sneaks into your trip, you can get the help you need.

In the event of a hospitalization 100 or more miles from home, we can get you to the hospital of your choice that is closer to home with a fully paid air evacuation. Once you’re home, Ultimate Health will get you to the best specialists possible for continuity of care. And if this happens to leave your dependents alone, Ultimate Health will transport them as well.

The plan’s Travel Portal is a great place to do that pre-trip planning and get the details you need to know about your destination.  You can also use it to find great urgent care facilities near you. There’s even a Drug Translation Tool for that awkward moment when you don’t know the name of your medication in a different country or language.

So yes, it’s true that summertime travels can be full of those nerve wracking possibilities of ‘what could go wrong,’ but when you know you’ve got the help you need accessible to you, those ‘what if’ moments don’t seem so daunting. Enjoy your next vacation knowing help is only a phone call away. And don’t forget your sunscreen!

These services are available within Ultimate Health’s Take Me Home program and TopDoc Connect with Take Me Home.

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