Whether she’s helicoptering in the Shetland Islands, cycling in the French Pyrenees or golfing in New Zealand, our Virtual Healthcare Expert, Kelly Blackshaw, has travelled the world. “When I’m not travelling on business, I like to be on trips where I’m active—golfing, cycling, skiing and sailing,” says Blackshaw. “You have to be prepared for those trips, and not just the physical ‘get fit’ side of things.”

An intrepid traveller, Blackshaw who has been to six continents, shares what’s in her travel bag as well as some tips to help you keep well while you’re jet setting:

Before you go

Travel vaccinations

Heading to an exotic locale and not sure what vaccinations you may need? Some vaccinations may take time to be effective, so make sure to plan ahead. Before travelling abroad, visit a travel clinic at least six weeks before you travel. Book an appointment with a Wello Nurse Practitioner for preventative health advice. While travelling, you can also connect with Wello for any urgent issues.

A well-stocked travel kit

“I always bring a travel kit that includes a first-aid kit. The contents mostly stay the same, but for certain places, like India for example, you may want to stock-up on items specific to that destination.”

Here are some over-the-counter essentials that you can purchase in convenient travel-sized packages to pack in your kit:

  • Band-aids
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antidiarrheal
  • Sunscreen
  • Antacid
  • Antihistamines
  • Pain reliever
  • Hand sanitizer

 Beat jetlag

While travelling through different time zones and dealing with jetlag, Blackshaw makes sure she gets lots of rest, stays hydrated, and schedules meetings later in the day.

Stay active and be conscious of food safety

“I always bring my runners wherever I go. I am always walking. I am careful about food safety.”

Avoid consuming tap water, and that includes ice made from tap water, as well as raw foods rinsed with tap water. Drink boiled, treated, or bottled water, or choose bottled or canned carbonated beverages. Eat well-cooked food while it’s still hot and avoid unpasteurized dairy products and undercooked fish or meat. Here are more food safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Virtual health on the go

“I use Wello during my travels. When I was in Arizona, I had a question and wanted some advice. I called Wello, and they provided me with an answer and peace of mind, so I could enjoy the rest of my trip worry-free.”

Planning a road trip?

Before hitting the highway for your next camping trip, prepare yourself for driving conditions by checking the weather and road reports in your region.