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Travel-Size Healthcare Tips12.18.13

Last year, more than 93 million American traveled during the holiday season, and that number has been increasing each year. If you’re planning to head out to see your family, your in-laws, or your friends, what you may not plan on is getting sick. But unfortunately, during the winter months, especially during periods of high stress, you’re more likely to catch a bug. Getting sick, or even injured, while away can obviously derail your fun and cost you financially.

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We’ve compiled some tips to help you out if you get sick while you’re away from home.

Always travel with your insurance card

If you need a doctor, you can call your insurance company and make sure you are visiting a doctor that is covered under your plan. If you don’t have health insurance, Jackson Hewitt can help you figure out what you qualify for under the Affordable Care Act when you have your taxes prepared in January.

Pack some precautions

If you have some over-the-counter cold medicine or ibuprofen sitting around, it doesn’t hurt to bring that with you just in case. While pharmacies are generally open during the day, if you’re not sure of what their holiday hours will be, better to be safe than sorry.

Prepare for the unexpected

Those with chronic health issues should ensure they have additional medication, or can get a prescription refill at the local pharmacy where they will be.

Save your receipts

If you deduct medical expenses on your tax return, be sure to save any doctor visit receipts.

Most importantly, don’t forget to pack the presents! No matter what, have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season and we will see you in January!