By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes
If you know me, you know I love love to travel. There are few things I don't leave home without. For the most part, I stay at very decent hotels, travel coach, and travel on local transportation once I am at my destination.
1. I Never Leave Home Without My Compression Glove
I experience slight lymphedema in my left hand, so whenever I travel on a plane, I wear it on the plane. I also bring it with me when I am out for long periods of time walking and enjoying my travels, it helps with fluid collection.
2. Hand Sanitizer And Wipes
Not everyone washes their hands, nor do they clean like you do. I found myself always wiping down the seat tray on the plane, or the phone in the hotel. The cleaning service on the plane or hotel does not always do a good job, so for precaution I use my wipes all the time. I buy the antibacterial individually wrapped wipes. They come in handy. I don't have OCD, but I hate a dirty phone, and seat tray. You can't go wrong carrying your own stash. I find in other countries, they have different habits. I have seen a waitress go out for a smoke, com back in the restaurant and serve with out washing her hands, I have seen people come out of the bathroom with dry hands (hmmmm), I have seen people cough into their hands and shake someone's hand (yuk). So that's why I carry my wipes. Not just when traveling do I use wipes, but I bring enough y form trip.
3. Travel Insurance outside of what your Credit Card Offers
I never know what to expect these days, so every trip is covered with travel insurance. The truth is, if I do become ill while traveling, I want to be home, I don't want to go to a local hospital where they do no know y history, or don't have the technology to treatment me correctly. Insurance is not that expensive when you consider the risk. Look into it for your next trip.
4. Communicate With Family And Your Doctor
If you are planning on traveling abroad, and you are currently under treatment, make sure your doctor has ok'd the travel. Depending on where you are going, your doctor may not approve. Certain countries maybe off limits to you, so insure you check before booking. If you re cleared, make sure there is someone at home that is aware of your itinerary. It may seem like overkill, but it may come in handy.
5. Stay in Touch: International Cell Service and What's App
These two things are important when traveling. You should not worry about your cell bill, if you need to call home or the doctor. For family and friends traveling with you or at home, everyone should download What's App. It is a free texting app. You will be able to text your travel companions as well as family home with no extra cost. It's a win win for everyone. Stay in touch with those you love.