On the road
Do you have a daily health routine at home? Taking medications, checking blood pressure or sugar levels? If you do, and your health is stable, this is what your body is used to, and it makes no sense to change.
Organise your travelling day to stick with what works – or if you can’t, discuss changing your daily routine with your doctor before you leave.
If you do need to see another doctor on your journey, get a copy of the medical notes and any test results. Your regular doctor will use this to update your records on your return.
Many pharmacies in small towns run on restricted holdings due to limited demand, so if you need new or unusual medications, a phone call ahead can help you get what you need and keep your treatment on track.
If you’re really going off the beaten track, consider buying or hiring a satellite phone.
Mobile coverage outside towns is unpredictable, and a satellite phone might just save a life in an emergency.
Take care of you
Being busy travelling is no excuse for letting your health slip.
Balance long days of sitting and driving with appropriate exercise and activity.
Eat regular, good-quality meals, which will give you energy to enjoy the trip, help manage blood sugar for diabetics and prevent weight gain that can affect cholesterol and blood-pressure management.
Sleeping well and managing stress are also important, as many medications don’t work so well when we’re run down or wound up.