-Dr. Kathy Johnson, PhD,CMC
Harvard Medical School’s recent report “Healthy Travel: A 10 Minute Consult” presents a wealth of information for senior travelers to ensure a safe, healthy and invigorating vacation. The report lists 10 must haves senior citizens should carry when on vacation.
1. Prescription medication – carry at least a week’s supply in your hand bag, a precaution just in case your luggage is misplaced along the way.
2. Any additional prescription medication – consider the destination and your personal medical history when traveling. Take the extra preventive measure by asking your doctor about carrying antimalarial drugs as well as antibiotics for mild to terrible diarrhea.
3. Gastrointestinal medication – it’s best to have antidiarrheal medicine like loperamide, mild laxatives, and antacids in your hand bag as well, to take care of any stomach problems that might occur.
4. Allergy medication – always carry antihistamine just in case of allergic reactions. If you or a companion has a history of severe allergic reactions, carry an epinephrine injector for example, EpiPen.
5. Cold medication – drugs like cold decongestants, throat lozenges and pills will come in handy.
6. Anti-motion sickness medicine.
7. Antibacterial and antifungal ointments, for that rash picked up from your tour.
8. Pain killers are another must carry, drugs like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin really do come in handy.
9. Eye drops to lubricate the eye.
10. Adhesive bandage, gauze, elastic bandage, antiseptic liquid and cream, tweezers, scissors, cotton swabs, and a first aid book.
These are some drugs that need to be carried whenever traveling or setting out on vacation. Those traveling with children should carry along water and snacks, hand sanitizer (alcohol based), rehydration salts, antiseptic ointment, and any other necessary medication.