How To Prepare For Health Concerns on a Road Trip
When you’re planning a road trip, it’s important to remember that it’s better to be overprepared when it comes to health and safety. The last thing you want is for the fun to be interrupted by a bad allergic reaction or accessibility issue. To ensure that everyone enjoys the road trip, have a plan for health concerns before stepping in the RV.
Sunburn is unhappiness that can be easily avoided on your road trip. While it would be great if you could count on everyone to bring their own sunscreen, it needs to be applied often enough that a group effort is much more effective. The best way to address this is to simply to pack a giant bottle of sunscreen. In addition, stop the RV every few hours to make sure everyone’s drinking enough water and re-apply sunscreen. Work together to keep the kids sunscreened and remind each other to re-apply to the face and neck as well.
Bumps, Scrapes, and Bruises
If you don’t already have one, prepare a first-aid kit to be kept in an accessible spot in your RV. This kit should have the following:
- Antibiotic cream
- Tweezers and scissors
- Adhesive tape
- Disposable gloves
- Alcohol wipes
Having these basic necessities will ensure that you can treat minor injuries in a pinch. This is especially important on a road trip when you may be far away from proper medical care.
Most people are only familiar with the allergies that apply to places they’ve visited before. In fact, going to a new environment can bring up unforeseen allergy problems that didn’t exist in your home neighborhood. Of course, if this happens, you want to have some child and adult strength antihistamines ready. This is important because a road trip is no fun with rashes and sniffles!
Of course, some allergies aren’t seasonal or environmental. Epi-pens (and at least one backup) need to be packed and kept ready to deploy. Everyone on the road trip should know how to use the epi-pen in the event of a dangerous reaction.
Serious Medical Conditions
If you have a person with heart problems or some other condition that could become serious, it’s important that you prepare ahead of time. This way, you can assign lighter duties to those who need them and be ready to administer medical aid should something happen on your road trip. Make sure you bring medications, devices, or anything else that is needed to take care of any conditions.
You may need to plan your road trip destinations and activities with accessibility in mind. Younger children and older adults may have trouble with long walks or big steps. If you have a disabled or differently abled group member, make sure you plan events accordingly so they are able to join you and find fun ways to be a part of the activities. You’ll may need to look into special transportation, if necessary, or accommodation for gear like crutches or a wheelchair.
A family road trip is an incredible amount of fun, as long as you’re prepared. With sunscreen and everyone’s backup meds packed, your group can adventure, discover, and learn without worry. If someone does have an allergic reaction, asthma attack, or scrape, being prepared makes it possible to provide medical help and enjoy the rest of the trip together.