Prevention planning is the best way
to stay in tip-top shape as you hit the road.
BY LISA ROSEN
Ajourney holds the tantaliz- ing promise of adventure. Yet travel can too easily turn into travail when a cold or
stomach bug hits. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of Lomotil, so
here’s how to stay in fine form before,
during and after your jaunt.
Four to six weeks out, contact a doctor
who’s well versed in the area you’re visit-
ing. “Make sure you’re up-to-date with
your immunizations,” says Rayann Aziz,
the executive director for Passport Health
Los Angeles. Their five Los Angeles offices
see about 4,000 travelers a year.
A whopping 60 percent of travelers
get hit with the dreaded TD: traveler’s
diarrhea. Be prepared by packing a special
kit to keep illness from ruining your trip.
“It should include an antidiarrheal, an
antibiotic like Cipro or Z-Pak, and electro-
lytes that you mix with water,” Aziz says.
Round out the first-aid kit with Neosporin,
headache medicine and prescription meds,
and put it in your carry-on.
On to some lighter packing. Keri
Glassman, founder of Nutritious Life, a
private nutrition and counseling practice in New York, offers tips to keep
up the spirit and the immune system.
“Pack healthy, non-perishable snacks,
like individual packages of nuts, oatmeal
and certain snack bars,” she says. Have a
good meal before heading to the airport,
even if that means lunching at 11:00 a.m.
Then you won’t be tempted to overeat the
unhealthy options at the terminal.