Top Tricks for Healthy Trips
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Top Tricks for Healthy Trips

Don't let illness hold up your trip. Test your travel IQ for the best ways to stay safe and healthy on the road.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Health insurance covers any medical needs when you're traveling overseas.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Make sure you find out if your current health insurance coverage will apply before you travel outside the U.S. In some cases, you may have to pay in cash at the time of service. If your policy does not cover you when you travel abroad, you may want to consider purchasing a separate policy for your trip.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What can travel insurance cover?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Travel insurance offers financial protection against cancellation, injury, unforeseen emergencies and medical or dental needs associated with national and global travel. Additionally, travel insurance may cover flights for a return trip to the U.S. if you have a medical emergency or if a family member has an emergency.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What is a travel medicine clinic?

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The correct answer is: A travel medicine clinic is an office staffed by doctors and nurses who have a special interest or special training in travel and tropical medicine, and offers pre-travel consultations and vaccinations. Check the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention's website for links to travel clinics.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these things in a hotel room can be the germiest?

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The correct answer is: All of the above may harbor germs, but courtesy glasses left by the bathroom sink can be the worst offender. That's because they're often wiped down with a towel, leaving them loaded with bacteria. Skip them unless you're supplied with plastic glasses sealed in plastic.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should get the hepatitis B vaccine before traveling abroad.

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The correct answer is: It depends. The CDC says adults should get the hepatitis B vaccine if they'll be living for six months or more in a country where it is common.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

When is the best time to travel if you're pregnant?

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The correct answer is: The safest time to travel is during the second trimester, but always check with your doctor first. Avoid traveling to high-altitude areas, and take breaks on long trips to walk around at least every two hours to keep your circulation moving.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Under which of these conditions should a pregnant woman restrict travel plans?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Pregnant women should not plan to travel long distances during the last four to six weeks of pregnancy. It may be best not to travel at all if there are any complications with the pregnancy.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Why does constipation happen while traveling?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. You may become constipated while you travel if you aren't getting enough fiber or water. Or you may develop "safe-toilet syndrome," where your body is unable to relax due to fear of unsanitary conditions.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Exercise helps jet lag.

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The correct answer is: This is true. In-transit hydration and exercise upon arrival have shown to shorten and lessen the effects of jet lag. Commit to pushing through post-flight fatigue by engaging in physical activity as soon as possible.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking plenty of water can help fight jet lag.

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The correct answer is: This is true. While flying, being dehydrated can promote jet lag. Minimize the effects by drinking a glass of water or juice before your flight and then each hour during the flight.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Over-the-counter meds like Pepto-Bismol will solve simple traveler’s diarrhea.

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The correct answer is: This is true. The primary symptom of "simple" traveler's diarrhea is watery diarrhea, which can be treated with fluids and over-the-counter medicines like Pepto-Bismol (bismuth) or Imodium (loperamide).

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

You should seek help immediately if you have traveler's diarrhea and which of these symptoms?

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The correct answer is: You should seek care immediately if you have any of the above symptoms, or if you're too weak to stand. Call a doctor right away if a baby or toddler gets diarrhea.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which part of the body causes motion sickness?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Motion sickness is believed to be caused by conflicts in sensory input to the brain. The brain senses motion through your eyes, sense of touch and also the inner ear, which senses motion, acceleration and gravity. When your body moves involuntarily -- for example, when you're riding in a car -- it can create confusion among these different types of sensory input to the brain.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Traveling in an airplane can cause blood clots.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Traveling by airplane can cause serious health issues, including blood clots in your legs from sitting in one position for too long, so drink lots of water, stretch your legs in your seat and move about the cabin when you can.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these in-flight drinks should you have if you're trying to lose weight?

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The correct answer is: Stick with water or diet soda for beverages. If you must have an alcoholic beverage, try light beer or vodka/rum/gin mixed with club soda or diet soda. Mixers can add hundreds of calories very quickly.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How many calories should a healthy travel snack be?

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The correct answer is: In general, choose snacks that are high in fiber and protein and around 150 calories. Keep an eye on sodium, fat and sugar content, as these ingredients can sometimes cause an energy slump. Here are some great airplane snacks: a high fiber granola bar, non-fat plain Greek yogurt with your own fruit topping and apple slices with all-natural peanut butter.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Dried fruit, which is often used in trail mix and other travel snacks, has the same number of calories as fresh fruit.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Dried fruit may contain more calories per serving than fresh fruit. A quarter-cup cup of dried raisins contain as many calories as 1/2-cup of fresh fruit.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: A sunburn’s redness is caused by the skin’s blood vessels.

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The correct answer is: This is true. UV radiation from the sun causes damage to cells, which leads to cell death. Layers of the skin also thicken as a result of certain types of skin cells dying, and the redness is due to the response of the skin's blood vessels. Moral of the story: Apply sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

What's the best way to treat a sunburn?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are correct. See a doctor if your sunburn is severe.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Resistance bands provide a great way to work out when you’re on the road.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Light-weight and portable, bands fit nicely in a suitcase and can be used anywhere. Don't have a resistance band? Body-weight exercises like squats, lunges, push-ups, dips and crunches can keep your muscles moving right in your hotel room, too.

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