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Health Tip: Travel Safely in the Air
Bring needed medications in a carry-on
-- Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- A little preparation can help you stay healthy and safe when traveling by plane.

The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends:

  • Packing all necessary medications in a carry-on bag. Talk to your doctor about whether you should change your medication regimen while traveling. Pack some extras, in case your trip is extended.
  • If you have a chronic illness such as epilepsy or diabetes, carry an identification card with your doctor's contact information and a list of your medications.
  • Drink non-alcoholic, no-caffeine beverages to avoid dehydration.
  • If you tend to have ear pain, take a decongestant before you fly, or chew gum.
  • Stretch calves frequently, and walk around when it is safe to do so.
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