Krupa Shah, MD, MPH
University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Division of Geriatrics & Aging, Department of Medicine
Rochester, New York
According to a survey conducted by AARP, those age 50 or older take on average six non-business related trips at least 50 miles from home each year. And Travelzoo, Inc, a global internet media company, tells us that 40% of Americans are planning to take more summer vacations compared to last year. The most popular type of vacation is the road trip, both for a short weekend or for a longer period of time.
Going on vacation can be a much more enjoyable experience with a little advance planning to make sure that we all stay safe and healthy.
- Be sure to pack all your medications. Before you leave, check if you need refills during your trip. Most pharmacies will accommodate flexible refills when they know you will be travelling away from home. Also carry a list of your current medications, their doses, and the time of day you take them.
- Remember to actually take all your medications. Vacations often change our normal daily routine. It is important to make time for correct medication use during all the fun and new places that a summer vacation may bring. Asking others who are with you to help remember, or setting a small timer, carrying a calendar or using a pill organizer may be helpful.
- Be aware of side effects. Some medications can cause side effects related to more time outside in the sun, like increased sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) rays. It may be helpful to review all medications with your pharmacist, and ask for further consultation with your doctor if you have any questions. Continue reading