You’ve been preparing for an overseas business conference for the last two months, and the morning after you arrive, you wake up in a foreign bed, with a cold, or fighting a stomach flu, wondering how you are going to get through your day. The stress, not to mention potential lost business opportunities, can feel overwhelming. Instead of focusing on work, you now need to kick-start your travel insurance, find a doctor, pick up a prescription and you might not be feeling well enough to even leave your bed.
Take precautions if you want to ensure peak performance on the road
Today’s smart business travelers take necessary precautions before and during their travel. They don’t approach important business trips fatalistically, instead they know optimal performance on the road requires them to take preventative measures before and during their trip.
The best approach according to various health experts is to anticipate what common or serious health issues could occur during travel. It’s also wise to maintain healthy habits while on the road. Business travelers have fewer opportunities for physical exercise, healthy eating, they get less sleep, and in some cases steer towards over-consumption of alcohol – all factors which suppress the immune system and make you more susceptible to illness.
While particular risks will depend on the individual, various factors such as the destination, activities planned during travel, and the baseline health status of the traveler, are also areas for consideration. Flight travel is another area to be alert, and washing hands frequently, and wearing a face mask are advisable particularly since tray tables, overhead air vents, lavatory flush buttons and seat belt buckles are among the germiest parts of an airplane.
Around half of all travelers get some sort of sickness while away
This may sound like overkill but it won’t feel like that when you are in the throes of an illness before an important pitch. Around half of all travelers get some sort of sickness while away and almost half of these people will experience gastrointestinal problems, while nearly one quarter will experience cold and flu or other respiratory problems.
The best advice is to make sure you are traveling with your current medications, cold and flu medicines, hand sanitizer, ibuprofen, and a first aid kit with a thermometer. It's also a good idea to pack a copy of your updated medical information, including shots, past surgeries, allergies, and blood type.
GINGER protects its travellers for business and pleasure
At GINGER we make sure our business travellers are covered the moment they need medical assistance in a different country. We provide a comprehensive set of services in the event of an illness or accident and also extend our services to non-business, personal trips that cover assistance for an employee’s partner and children too.
If you fall ill while on a trip, GINGER offers the following:
- Access via the GINGER app to an expert medical professional for an online call consultation in Hebrew. Simply upload references (if relevant) and describe your symptoms in the description field and within three hours a doctor will get back to you.
- Filing a refund request
To file for a refund following a doctor’s appointment, simply upload your claim on GINGER's app including all medical documents and receipts from a doctor, expert or pharmacy and get a refund to your bank account within just three hours.
- Locating local medical services based on your location
Save time and hassle looking for medical support in your area. Our app tracks your location to help you find the nearest doctors, dentists, hospitals and pharmacies in your area.
- 24/7 support center
If you have any questions about your policy, in the case of theft, or you want to know more about services you're covered for, our call center can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
Have a safe flight!