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  • Thursday, July 20, 2017

  • From Sunscreen to Insurance: Your Spring Break Wellness Checklist

    Filed Under: Health Insurance
Getting ready to take a well-deserved break from your studies? If you're traveling to an international destination, you'll want to be certain that you do everything you can to make sure that you stay healthy during your trip. Visiting a new country is exciting, but it brings with it a number of potential health issues. Here are some tips, ranging from simple sunscreen to special international health insurance policies, that you can use to make sure your trip isn't marred by a health problem.

The first thing you should do is research the country you're traveling to. Are there specific health problems that tourists often run into? For instance, if you're visiting a country with a high altitude, you may have encounter some health issues. Or if you're heading to Mexico, you'll want to be sure to avoid the drinking water. Talk to the travel coordinator who helped set up your trip to see if there are any pitfalls you can avoid.

Nest, prepare a small wellness kit to take with you. Include basic medicines and bandages as well as sunscreen for those long afternoons on the beach. Bring a hat and sunglasses as well. Bringing preventative and first aid items can go a long way towards saving your potentially expensive doctor's visits.

And finally, should you have to visit a doctor or hospital, you'll want to be sure you have international medical insurance. Although you may already have a health insurance policy, that policy likely doesn't cover incidents that occur while traveling abroad. International health insurance will cover the majority of your medical expenses, leaving you to pay only a small amount out of pocket. It's a very affordable way to make sure you don't leave your vacation stuck with large medical bills. Commenting is not available in this channel entry.

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