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Duke Medicine: Seven ways to stay safe and sane during holiday travel

Posted December 24, 2012

This may be the most wonderful time of the year, but traveling for the holidays can bring out the worst in us. Broken routines and unexpected travel delays oftentimes leave children cranky and parents frustrated.

Duke Primary Care physician Namrata Shidhaye, MD, who practices family medicine at the new Waverly Place location in Cary, shares tips for staying healthy and happy while traveling this holiday season.

1. Plan ahead. Be sure to get enough rest before you begin your journey, especially for adults who are driving long distances.

2. Pack properly. Pack clothes that allow you to dress in layers.

3. Drink water. Bring water and drink on a regular basis.

4. Eat your fruits and (cooked) vegetables. When you stop to eat, avoid ordering salads since they can be a source of infection. Stick to eating fruits and cooked foods.

5. Wash Your Hands. Carry hand sanitizer and wash your hands with soap and water whenever possible.

6. Take Frequent Breaks. Make sure to take breaks and move around, especially for adults who are more likely to develop blood clots when sitting for long periods of time.

7. Use Local Urgent Care for Emergencies. In the event that you or a family member gets sick, be sure to visit an urgent care center to prevent the rest of your party from getting infected and enable you to enjoy the rest of your holiday vacation.

For more advice, go to the original post at DukeHealth.org. Duke Medicine, Go Ask Mom's sponsor, offers health information and tips every Tuesday.

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