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Don’t Die from DVT on your Next Vacation

A long airplane trip can be deadly and not because of a possible plane crash or terrorist attack, instead a hidden killer awaits. Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a silent killer that affects 2 million American yearly, according to the Heart Institute of America….

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A long airplane trip can be deadly and not because of a possible plane crash or terrorist attack, instead a hidden killer awaits. Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a silent killer that affects 2 million American yearly, according to the Heart Institute of America. Of those 2 million affected, nearly 200,000 die from DVT.  That’s 200,000 completely preventable deaths and who knows, maybe it could be you next.  

Sitting for long periods of time is the major cause of DVT.  You don’t have to be traveling for DVT to strike, so use these helpful tips all the time to stay alive. 

Blood clots form in the lower leg veins and are sent up towards the heart and brain. If just one of these clots makes its way into the brain you can have a stroke. If a blood clot makes their way into the heart, you could have cardiac arrest. And if the clot makes its way into your lungs or other organ, you can have serious and permanent damage to said organ.

Be on the lookout for symptoms of DVT like pain, tenderness, swelling, redness and increased warmth in a leg. Its best to consult a doctor immediately if any of these symptoms occur. If you have a history of blood clots, heart disease or cancer, it’s best to consult your doctor before going on long excursions.

 

DVT is a far too common way that travelers die and it’s completely preventable, with some easy habits.

Imagine if you will, an innocent vacation and a long flight could result in your death or serious injury. Your body isn’t supposed to sit in the same position for long periods of time and this immobility can cause blood clots to materialize by having blood flow reduced to certain areas, usually the lower legs. Here are some easy and helpful tips t keep your blood from clotting and your risk of DVT to a minimum. Don’t die on vacation, instead live and enjoy life to the fullest.

 

Walk

A good rule to literally live by is get up and walk every two hours. So, if you are on an 8-hour airplane trip, get up at least 4 times. A quick stroll down the aisle and a few simple stretches can save your life. Try a few toe touches and light kicks to get the blood flowing and keep those pesky clots away.

 

Don’t sleep for more than 4 hours

Remember, this is when you are in route and not while on vacation. When you are on a plane, car or train, try not to sleep for more than four hours at a time. In between naps, try and take a short walk or stretch your legs to keep the clots at bay. Once you get to your destination, you can sleep your normal time in a bed, the clots form when you are in seated position.

 

Drink water

It’s always important to stay hydrated but more so when traveling. Your body will be put to extreme limits when in transit, so keep the water flowing and you should be OK.

 

Wear loose clothing

This is important to keep the blood flowing normally. Tight waist bands and other articles of clothing can pinch arteries and restrict blood flow, which is a breeding ground for blood clots.

 

Eat light meals

Don’t eat heavy meals and keep your caloric intake to a minimum while traveling. A heavy stomach in a seated position can put pressure on blood flow. It’s always better to eat healthy when traveling; this also helps with jet lag.

 

Limit alcohol consumption

Alcohol isn’t great for our bodies and it affects everyone differently; if you think you may be at risk, then maybe don’t drink on you trip.

 

Compression socks

If you are elderly or have circulation issues, try wearing a pair of compression socks. These will help with your circulation and keep the blood clots from forming in the first place.

 

Seated exercises

If getting up every two hours isn’t possible, try a few easy exercises you can do seated. Put both legs out straight and move your feet in circles. Try pulling your knees as close to your chest as possible and hold for 15 seconds.

 

Just by following these few simple steps, you can prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis. No one wants to die on your way to vacation; on your way to work is another story altogether.

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of speedyremedies, infobarrel, snopes, michiganVeinCare

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Don’t Break The Bank When You Travel

Check out these great money saving tips so you don’t go broke taking your next vacation. 

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There’s really no way around it: traveling is expensive. On top of the obvious charges like flights and hotels, there will always be the little daily expenses that you didn’t fully prepare for when you were preparing for your trip. But the last thing you want to do is just not think about it and throw money around like a madman. There are definitely still ways to save money while traveling. And here they are!

THE TUESDAY RULE

I have to admit, I didn’t even really know about this “rule” before I started writing this article. But, for the most part, the cheapest flights of the week are almost always on a Tuesday. So, if you can, try to schedule all your flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This can dramatically lower the cost of your vacation.

DON’T BOTHER WITH HOTELS

Thanks to rental services like Airbnb and VRBO the hotel industry has really taken a hit. And prices have gone way up because of it. So, no matter how bad we may feel about their declining business, they’re just not the best option anymore. You can find a great deal with all the service and amenities you need from one of the vacation rental sites. There are even a few sites that deal in “house-swapping” where you basically just stay in each other’s homes during simultaneous vacations and don’t have to pay a thing!

BOOK DIRECTLY THROUGH THE AIRLINE

Many of the flight booking sites like Expedia or Travelocity actually don’t offer as many options as are available to you if you book through the airline. There are other services like Google Flights and Skyscanner that find the cheapest flights being offered by the airlines, and then you can just contact the airline yourself and book those specific flights. It’s a little extra work, but it can end up saving you more money than you think.

A LITTLE SPONTANEITY NEVER HURT ANYONE

Sure, doing your homework and planning ahead can most certainly help you save money on a vacation. But sometimes there are last minute deals made available when airlines are just trying to fill out their flights. So if you have a favorite airline, sign up for the mailing list. This way you’ll know when they are offering really cheap flights. And if you’re in the mood to just get out town regardless of where you’re going, this is a really cheap and fun option.

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Stocking Stuffers For Kids Who Love To Travel

If you’re a parent with kids who love to travel, here are some great stocking stuffer ideas to make sure your next vacation is a huge hit!

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Traveling as a family can be wonderful. It’s a great way to get closer as a family and create memories that will last a lifetime. But it’s always tricky with the kids! Sometimes it seems like you’re constantly walking on eggshells just waiting for one of them to decide they’re not having fun and promptly throw a loud and public tantrum.

So what better way to keep them calm and having fun than gifts! So this Christmas season, fill your kids stocking with some of the awesome travel-oriented gifts that will surely keep them happy for months to come!

FIREFLY FLASHLIGHT

First and foremost, this is just an adorable flashlight. It looks like a little firefly! So clever. But it’s also great for the camper kid in the family. Some kids just love sleeping under the stars or in a tent outdoors. So having a flashlight is key. And giving your child their very own flashlight is a cool way to make them feel important and independent.

RAINBOW WATERCOLORS MOVE ACTIVITY TRACKER WATCH

Just like with the flashlight, giving your child a watch is a great way to make them feel important, independent, and more like an adult than a child. Especially as it tracks steps taken, distance traveled, and sleep time. Just like mom and dad’s fit bits! Plus this watch just looks so cool. They’ll certainly love it.

GOPRO HERO

This may not feel like the best stocking stuffer for your children, but they’re so easy to use and can be really fun for your kids. It’s waterproof so it’s perfect for goofy fun at the pool, lake, or beach. And if your kid is into biking, skateboard, and the like, this is the perfect stocking stuffer as it can be easily attached to their helmet and help them make awesome compilations of their adventures.

They are a little expensive though. So this is definitely for the kid that has been really good this year.

COZYPHONES

It’s amazing that these awesome headphones aren’t a much bigger deal. They’re basically just adorable and cozy headbands that also have headphones in them! Brilliant idea right? They keep your child’s head cozy and warm, allow them to express themselves by wearing some wacky, and keeps them distracted and comfortable because they’re listening to their favorite music! It doesn’t get much better than that.

TRAVEL SPIROGRAPH

I don’t know about you, but I used to love spirographs! They’re so much fun and great time killer. So if you’ve got a long flight or road trip ahead of you and you’re worried about your kids not having fun, these are a great stocking stuffer. Also, as a creative release, it’s a great mental exercise and obviously a better use of their time than just watching that movie they’ve already seen a hundred times before on a tablet.

TRAVEL BINGO

This travel Bingo set is another great time-spender on long trips. It’s extremely simple but extremely fun. As you see any of the things pictured on the card, you flip down the marker. Then, once you have a straight line; BINGO! And just like with the travel spirograph, it forces your children to be more active and use their minds, which is always a huge plus.

 

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Travelers! Never Leave Home Without These 5 Essential Travel Items

Traveling can be extremely stressful and uncomfortable. These five items will help make your traveling experience an easy one.

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Everyone loves (and needs) a good vacation every now and again. Getting out of town and exploring new areas is good for the soul. But the actual traveling part can be extremely stressful and uncomfortable. A lot of people are so stressed out by it that they don’t even bother traveling at all. But, have no fear, help is here! Check out these five must-haves for any and all travelers.

 

SLIDER SANDALS

This may seem simple and not all that worth it, but they can make that terrible security check process so much easier. No more untying and retying your shoes. No panicking that you’re holding up the line as you do so. Just slip these bad boys on and off and you’ll be through that line in a breeze. Also, as long as your comfortable in your socks in front of strangers, going shoeless while you’re on the plane feels great!

PACKING CUBES

This one is for my fellow OCD types out there. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been lugging my suitcase around just thinking about how all that wonderful folding I had done was completely going to waste. But getting packing cubes like these completely changed my traveling experience for the better. You can keep everything organized and separated perfectly, while also maximizing your luggage space! Even the laziest and most unorganized of us can benefit from these beauties.

PASHMINA WRAP

This might not be as necessary for any of you that run hot, but it can be a lifesaver for those of us that can’t stand how cold airplanes get! I don’t know why those overhead vents have to blast cold air at us like they do, but I’ll tell you right now I do not like it. So having a light wrap like this that is easy to keep in your carry on can make the flight so much more comfortable.

SKIN MIST

Traveling is a messy business. How many times have you gotten off a plane and felt like your face had never been dirtier or greasier? I’d say it happens to me about, oh… every single time I’ve ever stepped on the plane. Having a skin mist like this one on hand to freshen up does wonders for your skin and your mood. Everyone deserves to stay fresh! Throw this baby in your bag and thank me later.

PORTABLE CHARGER

I think we’ve all been in the apocalyptic situation where I phone dies. It truly feels like the end of the world. How will I call or text people? How will I call a Lyft? How on Earth will I post an Instagram?! Well keep one of these little lifesavers with you and you will never have to experience that terrible fear again. If you get a good one, it can fully charge a dead iPhone up to five times. Trust me. You need one of these, like, yesterday.

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