Did you know that road crashes are the single greatest cause of death for healthy Americans traveling abroad? Americans are traveling increasingly to countries where the chances of being killed or seriously injured may be from 20 to 40 times greater than in the U.S. The Know Before You Go program offered by the Association for Safe International Road Travel provides tips so you won’t become a statistic. Oh yeah and don’t forget to buckle up, wear a helmet, look every which way when you cross and don’t drive distracted by anything!
The kindness of strangers.
It’s easy to get injured when you travel, especially when you are taking a photo and wearing sandals on an uneven unpaved road and keep backing up to get the right angle. I was bleeding and found out later I broke a toe. In the next town, while I cleaned myself up, the waiter brought me a cold can of Coke, for my foot and a glass of wine for my pain. It was 9 am and I was grateful for both. Where was I?
When I was 12, I chipped my front teeth. I have had caps since then and over the years, they have fallen off and one cracked when I bit into a chicken leg once. Fortunately, I was home and was only inconvenienced because it happened on a weekend. But what if I was traveling? How available is quality dental care where you travel? What would you do if a filling came out, a bridge broke or a cap came off?
A year ago, a travel clinic client told me she had been on a cruise ship when she had a dental malfunction. She went to the infirmary. They pulled out an emergency dental kit, made a temporary repair and charged her $200. She knew she could’ve made the repair herself but didn’t have the right stuff. She asked if emergency dental kits were available for sale. And they are. For about $25.
The dental emergency kit allows you to do basic, temporary repairs for most dental emergencies. There are several types on the market and most include tweezers, a dental mirror, floss, picks, cement, temporary fillings and topical and oral analgesics. This compact kit comes with full written directions and takes up little room and has a long shelf life.
Finding an adequate supply of clean water is a challenge in many places people travel. Drinking only clean water is your best defense against contracting many diseases, especially traveler’s diarrhea. Bringing your own water isn’t always feasible and many products to purify water left behind chemical tastes and took a lot of time to process.
But now there is a product that works in minutes and fits in the palm of your hand. The SteriPen sterilizes a 16-oz. cup of water in less than a minute with ultraviolet light that eliminates over 99.9% of viruses, bacteria and protozoa that cause waterborne illness. It doesn’t need to be plugged in and it’s portable, packable and powered by AA batteries.
Looking for a holiday gift for that hard to please traveler? Check out SteriPen.