Just because you or someone you love has a chronic illness or is elderly, that doesn’t mean you need to stop traveling or forgo a trip. But heading out on the road can quickly turn into a nightmare if you don’t make some advanced preparations.
Fortunately, there are few places you won’t be able to go as long as you spend some time getting organized. Here are some tips for creating a safety travel bag so you will have the right items on hand if the need arises during your travels.
Speak With Your Medical Provider
It’s always a good idea to check with your medical provider before traveling to make sure they agree you are stable enough for the journey. If you are going a long distance or will be gone for an extended period, you might need a referral to another physician or additional help with prescriptions to cover your absence.
Choose Reliable Transportation
How will you get where you’re going? Do you have reliable transportation that will be comfortable for the journey? If not, you might want to use a medical transportation company that offers non-emergency transportation to clients in your area.
Create Your Safety Travel Bag
Your most important item for any trip – long or short – is going to be your safety travel bag. This should include any medical items that you or a loved one might need while you away from home or a long-term care facility. Some of the items you’ll want to add to your safety travel bag include:
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter pain reliever
- Antibacterial soap
- Motion sickness medicine
- Digital thermometer
- Anti-diarrheal medication
- Powdered drink mix
- Extra eyeglasses, contacts, and hearing aid batteries
Pack Other Essentials
No one likes to be caught off guard. What is a planned afternoon trip might turn into a day-long affair or even an unplanned overnight. That said, it’s often a good idea to pack items that will keep you or your loved one comfortable such as reading material and extra clothing.
Don’t Forget Food and Water
Some people with medical conditions have a special diet. Others might need food and liquids to take prescribed medications. Even if you think your journey will be short, pack some food and water anyway just to be safe.
Contact MedTrust for High-Quality Medical Transportation Services
It’s always a good idea to have a safety travel bag on hand. You never know what the future has in store. At MedTrust, we provide non-emergency transportation services to patients throughout the Charleston, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Jacksonville, FL areas. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to find out how you can become a member of our team.