Got big Memorial Day plans? The unofficial start of summer is the perfect opportunity for a road trip or a trek to another spot on the globe, but before you start using those hard-earned vacation days there are plenty of items to tackle on your pre-vacation to-do list. Of course, your best-laid plans can fall apart if you or a loved one becomes sick or experiences an injury during your trip, but there are ways that you can plan ahead for the worst.
If you have a flexible spending account (FSA), your benefit will cover a wide range of potential medical products and medications to help you respond quickly in a travel emergency.
Here are a few great options to keep in mind this Memorial Day weekend from FSAstore.com:
First Aid Kit
In most parts of the U.S., you can get by with a small first aid kit to handle minor injuries, but if you'll be heading to another country with limited access to medical facilities, a more comprehensive first aid kit is a smart addition to your travel pack. Pick a kit that features a full slate of wound care supplies, space for personal medications, and common medicines that can tackle digestive issues, dehydration, pain relief and allergies.
If you're heading to a part of the globe where the sun is particularly strong during the daytime, your sunscreen needs to be up to the challenge. Dermatological sunscreen is far better suited to more extreme environments that can complement any skin type, as well as remaining active after coming into contact with water or sweat. Best of all, this sunscreen will not clog pores and will actually nourish the skin as it protects from the sun's rays.
Do you have a long car or airplane ride ahead of you? Sleeping in an upright position is extremely difficult for some people, but it's much easier to get some shuteye with a neck support pillow. These pillows help relax neck muscles by providing padding for the neck and head, to provide all around coverage to help you sleep comfortably.
Contending with itchy, watery eyes during allergy season is tough enough, but do you know how your body will respond when in a new environment with foreign trees, flowers and other allergens present? Plan ahead of time with eye drops that can clear up redness and symptoms associated with allergies, as well as being an effective means of rewetting the eyes if you wear contact lenses.
If you take multiple medications or vitamin supplements each day, save some space in your bag and bring along a pill container instead. This will keep your pills organized by day and it can fit easily into a purse or backpack.