With Thanksgiving just past us, one of the busiest travel periods of the year has begun. Millions of Americans will venture from their homes to celebrate with family across the country. Take note of these tips to have a healthy and safe holiday while traveling.

1. Never travel if you're feeling sick. If you feel like you wouldn't go to work, you shouldn't travel. Don't end up with a horror story of throwing up or having a crazy fever on a plane, just stay home.

2. Fill prescriptions before your trip. Be prepared and take inventory of all medications. Don't forget them, and if traveling by plane, pack them in a carry-on bag just in case your luggage gets lost.

3. Buy travel insurance. If you're traveling internationally this holiday season, realize that most health insurance plans do not cover medical emergencies. Buying travel insurance can save you from paying thousands of dollars out of pocket in the event if an illness overseas.

4. Store important medical information on your phone. Take photos of your medications, make a list of allergies and recent medical tests. If you should end up at a hospital, having your medical history on hand is extremely helpful.

5. Drive safely. The roads are crowded, and you must be vigilant while driving. Be alert, well rested, wearing a seat belt, and observing speed limits at all times. Avoid distractions like cell phones and noisy children, and make as many stops as necessary on your route. If the trip is long, it is also recommended that you cover children with a blanket rather than strap them into car seats wearing winter jackets and warm layers.

6. Don't overindulge. It can be easy during the holidays to consume excess amounts of food and alcohol. Experts warn that such extreme changes in diet can cause you to become ill, so moderation is important.

7. If you get sick while you're away, see a doctor. It's much better to get checked out sooner rather than later. If you suddenly feel dehydrated, feverish, or sick in any way, be safe rather than sorry and don't wait to see a medical professional.


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