Wellness Update - - CLEVLAND CLINIC -

• Make sure you will have enough med­i­ca­tion to get you through the en­tire trip (if not, re­fill your pre­scrip­tion). Bring enough med­i­ca­tion to cover you for a few ex­tra days in case you are de­layed for any rea­son. • Make sure your med­i­ca­tions are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble in your bag while you are en route. If you are fly­ing, bring all med­i­ca­tion on your carry-on lug­gage. • Make sure your med­i­ca­tion is clearly la­beled. • Al­ways have a wa­ter bot­tle in the event that you

need to take your med­i­ca­tion dur­ing travel time. • Bring a snack if you need to take

any med­i­ca­tions with food.

If you fly

• Travel with a suit­case and car­ryon that are on wheels; bet­ter yet, get help with your lug­gage from a porter or fel­low travel mate. • Re­quest an aisle seat so you can eas­ily

get up and walk around. • When trav­el­ing long dis­tances, there is in­creased risk of blood clots (ve­nous throm­bo­sis). o This is due to slower blood cir­cu­la­tion when you are sit­ting for many hours and lower oxy­gen lev­els in the plane cabin. o Dur­ing the flight, get up from your seat at least once

ev­ery two hours and walk up and down the aisles. o Wear com­fort­able shoes and socks and try to el­e­vate

your feet above your chest level when­ever you can. o Wear com­pres­sion stock­ings when trav­el­ing on a

plane for more than eight hours or 3,100 miles. • Stay hy­drated with wa­ter and do not drink

al­co­holic bev­er­ages as they cause de­hy­dra­tion.

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