Tips for Healthy Travel

Spring is in the air, and so are spring travel plans. I’m headed back East for 9 days to visit family and found these helpful tips for my trip from the Library’s Health and Wellness Resource Center.

Traveling by air?
The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide offers a page of useful air travel tips, including specific suggestions to help prevent the development of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs):
-Avoid sitting with your legs crossed.
-Get out of your seat at least once an hour.
-Keep some free space under the seat in front of you so you can move your feet and ankles periodically.
-Do some foot and ankle exercises, such as rotating your ankles in circles in each direction, and pointing and flexing your feet.
-Wear loose clothing.
-Stay hydrated.

Although there are no clear-cut data on an association between flying and an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis, it’s best to be safe. You are at increased risk for DVT if you are pregnant, if you have recently had surgery, or if you have cancer, heart disease, an infection, or another serious medical problem.

Other less severe health problems of air travel include ear pain during takeoff and landing. Try chewing gum, yawning, or swallowing to help relieve this discomfort.

Overseas Travel
If you are traveling overseas, be proactive and see your doctor before you go, especially if you have chronic health conditions. If your destination is in an exotic locale where you might be exposed to infectious diseases such as cholera or yellow fever, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site on travel health for updates.

Traveling with Kids?
Traveling with kids is always an adventure, but it can turn into a nightmare if someone gets sick. offers detailed advice for healthy family travel, including this section on traveling if your child has asthma. There’s also a section on travel tips for teens, which includes useful information about staying healthy while studying abroad.

Healthy Packing
When packing for any trip, whether by car, bus, trail, or plane, be sure that you have enough of any prescription medicine that you (and your family members) are taking, and carry a copy of your prescription with you in case you need an emergency refill on the road. Also bring hand sanitizer, several pocket packs of tissues, and some alcohol wipes and wet wipes (wet wipes are especially helpful if you are traveling with children). Tuck some small packages of Tylenol or Advil into a purse or pocket as well; travel is enough of a headache by itself—there’s no need to add to it.


Countries of the World and their Leaders

The following title is now available in the Gale Virtual Reference LibraryCountries of the World and their Leaders 2012

This two volume set is a compilation of U.S. Department of State reports on contemporary political and economic conditions, government personnel and policies, political parties, religions, history, education, press, radio and TV, climate, and other characteristics of selected countries of the world; together with travel alerts, passport and visa information, world health information for travelers, and customs and duty tips for returning residents.

Take a “Staycation”

Stuck at home this summer? Feeling sorry for yourself? While your neighbors head off to spend more gas, time and money, you can take a free “vacation” from home. All you need is your computer and an Internet connection (or use the library’s computers/free WiFi connection)…las vegas

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Global Road Warrior

Did you know that the Irish are considered somewhat less punctual and more relaxed about time than Europeans in general?  Did you know that Ireland has had a female President, Mary McAleese, since 1997? 


You can learn these facts and much more about Ireland and every other country in the Global Road Warrior database. 



This database was originally designed with world business travelers in mind but also contains a wealth of information useful to high school and college students researching other countries for school assignments. 


Travel section includes information on:


·        cell phones

·        satellite phones

·        using other electric appliances overseas

·        visas and passports

·        required immunizations

·        health warnings

·        embassies and consulates

·        cultural etiquette for businesswomen


Country information useful to students and travelers includes:


·        climate

·        culture

·        business culture

·        demographics, including advanced demographic data

·        money and banking

·        points of interest

·        security briefing (organized crime, social unrest, and travel warnings)

·        basic vocabulary of the major language spoken in that country


Note for students:  Global Road Warrior includes preformatted citations in APA and MLA format.


See also:  The CIA World Factbook.

New Database – Global Road Warrior

Global Road Warrior is specifically designed for those engaged in international trade and business travel. Contains information on international commerce, along with practical and comprehensive reference tools.

Includes information about the busines culture, money and banking, travel essentials, security briefings, and a special section for The Businesswoman.

World travelers traveling for business or pleasure will find this resource invaluable.  High School students needing in depth information on a country may also find this resource useful.

Located on Library’s Databases A-Z list and in the InfoGuides – Travel and Business Information.