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Planning Your Trip Even if youre just taking a short trip it pays to be prepared when you travel The first item to pack is always common sense Think ahead about the conditions youll encounter at your destination Remember that traveling doesnt mean taking a vacation from your doctors orders especially if youre on prescribed medications a special diet or an exercise program Before you leave Get a physical exam If youve recently had surgery a heart attack a stroke a bone fracture or another major health problem your doctor can advise you on how soon you may travel especially by air Update immunizations Even if youre just traveling across several states be sure your immunizations are up-to-date See your dentist Dont let the excruciating pain of a toothache spoil your trip as you fly in a pressurized airplane or bite into an unfamiliar delicacy Have cavities filled poorly fitting dentures adjusted and other dental work done before you go Take extras You never know when your stay might be extended or what unexpected circumstances might happen at your destination Pack more of your medications than you think youll need and get your prescriptions filled before you go Take along a list of your allergies and prescription medications If you wear eyeglasses pack an extra pair as well as a copy of your most recent eyeglasses prescription Include a pair of sturdy comfortable shoes and clothes that are appropriate for all weather variations at your destination Bring a first-aid kit Be aware of health precautions at your destination High altitudes and severe air pollution often a problem in large cities may be a particular health risk for older adults and people with high blood pressure anemia respiratory conditions or cardiovascular problems Talk to your doctor ahead of time about how to handle these health concerns Check
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