A HEALTHY SUITCASE
ACCURATELY PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY, TAKING CARE OF YOU.
HOW? REMEMBERING THE 8 GOLDEN RULES OF SUMMER AND CARRYING, IN YOUR SUITCASE, THE FIRST-AID KIT.
Author Dr. Davide Maged; MSc, PhD in Biomedical Science and Public Health, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, università cattolica del sacro cuore Roma (Italy).
Summer is the season we wait for all year round. It’s a season of rest and recovery from work and stress. For many, a good opportunity to leave the city for holiday destinations. Whatever is the destination chosen, however, it is good to remember that the trip should also be organized from the point of view of health to avoid that some inconvenience compromises its success.
What medicines should I take with me? What to do in case of accidents or emergencies? An intelligent medication kit contains:
– plasters, sanitizer, bandages, scissors, cotton, thermometer;
– a repellent product against mosquitoes and other insects;
– an ointment to relieve the pain of any stings;
– a sunscreen with high protection;
– the antipyretic drug normally used;
– the painkiller normally used;
– an antidiarrheal.
Those suffering from chronic diseases should remember to bring with them the usual medicines along with a doctor’s prescription that clearly specifies the active ingredient and pharmaceutical form (tablets, sachets, capsules, etc..), especially if the destination of the trip is a foreign country. In this way, in case of need, it will be sufficient to go to the pharmacy to buy the drug itself or an equivalent one if the requested one is not distributed.
The certificate relating to your illness and the list of drugs that are taken are also useful in case you need to contact your local doctor.
Finally, here are the basic rules to fully enjoy the summer:
– Avoid dehydration by drinking a lot, at least one and a half liters of water a day. Heat and sweat, in fact, make us lose more fluids, which need to be replenished. Avoid water that is too cold because it can cause digestion blocks and congestion;
– Protect yourself from insect bites by using mosquito nets, bagpipes, ointment repellents, and sprays. Those who are stung can use specific creams or the “old wives’ tale”: ice on the sting;
– Protect yourself from the sun’s rays with sunscreen specific to your skin type;
– Prefer light foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to avoid problems of poor digestion, constipation, diarrhea, or heartburn. With heat, even digestive processes are less efficient;
– Protect the eyes from sunlight, seawater, and wind. Irritation, if not too acute, can be relieved with relieving eye drops;
– Deal with sea, air, and car sickness by using specific drugs in the form of tablets, chewing gum or patches according to the instructions of your doctor;
– Fight low blood pressure with a few small remedies: a pinch of salt and a few more glasses of water to increase plasma volume by encouraging a moderate increase in pressure. Also useful for this purpose: cocoa, coffee, licorice, and tea.
I am sure that by following these practical advices, you will spend your happy holidays and peaceful journeys.