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Spring at the Park

Long View: Savor Spring at a Public Park

Well, we survived another winter, and the weather is giving us a break now that spring is upon us. I don’t know if you felt cooped up, but I certainly did. I need to plan some outdoor recreation, but the question is what and where?

Last year, I was on the road and visited Marshall, IL. Jennifer Bishop is the director of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, and I asked her if she had a recommendation for someplace peaceful to have a quick lunch. She said I should consider the dining room at Lincoln Trail State Park. It was nearby, so I checked it out.

The restaurant looked out over a 146-acre lake and a boat dock. There were hummingbird feeders hanging just outside the windows, and they were very active with birds. The food was simple and well prepared, and the staff could not have been nicer. They even deliver dinners to the campground for free, believe it or not.

Lincoln Trail State Park offers a number of activities, including camping, fishing, picnicking, and boating. After a very affordable lunch, I enjoyed a short hike along the side of the lake. It was beautiful.

The experience got me thinking about what a great asset we have in our state parks. They offer a wide range of outdoor activities; they are well maintained and always affordable. I did a search and found our state parks to be accessible and conveniently located, perfect for someone like me who could use some exercise and fresh air.

I told Jennifer at the Chamber how much I enjoyed my experience at the park and she told me, “It’s a hidden gem. I love telling visitors about hidden gems in our community. The locals forget about its simplistic beauty and number of activities. We are so lucky to have it in our backyard. My family loves to take advantage of it any chance we get.”

There you have it. We are all supporting our state parks with our tax dollars, and I for one will take better advantage of them this year. Some fresh air and a brisk walk are only a few of the possibilities. Lincoln Trail also offers winter sporting opportunities, like ice fishing and skating (weather permitting). But after last winter, I think I’ll pass on the cold activities.

You can check out other tips for getting healthy and moving more on the Health & Wellness section of our site.

Traveling with Asthma and Allergies

Traveling with Asthma and Allergies

Vacations are always exciting and relaxing, unless you aren’t prepared for traveling with asthma and allergies.

Don’t let them stand in your family’s way. By carefully getting ready ahead of time, you can make sure you have smooth travels.

Preparing for Traveling with Asthma and Allergies

Having a great trip starts when you’re planning. When you’re looking at destinations and hotels for your family, you may want to find a PURE hotel room. Hotels across the country are adding these hypoallergenic rooms.

From installing air purifiers to ripping out dust-filled carpets and drapes, these rooms have been overhauled to be allergy-friendly. You may pay a little extra (about $20 more), but by getting rid of allergens and surprise asthma flare-ups, a PURE room can make your trip an easy one.

And don’t forget to make sure you have enough of current prescriptions ahead of time. With some things, you can stock up in advance. For others, you may have to take your prescription with you and get it filled on the road. Make sure you also know which pharmacies your plan covers before getting a prescription filled there.

Keep a document that lists all of the medicines and supplies you’re traveling with. Not only can it help you pack before leaving home or the hotel, but you can also show it to security agents at airports to help them check your supplies quickly.

Packing for Traveling with Asthma and Allergies

According to the TSA, you can pack your meds or nebulizer in your carry-on for your flight.

It’s important to pack both your quick-relief and controller meds in your carry-on so that you can treat or prevent an attack on the flight. Plus, if your checked bag gets lost, at least your asthma’s still taken care of.

Keep medications in their original containers, and keep them in a separate, clear plastic bag. This makes it easy for security to check what kind of meds you have and that they’re yours.

Pack copies of your Asthma Action Plan which has important info about your asthma that can help those traveling with you and the people you visit if something should happen.

Use your list to make sure you’ve packed everything you need to take care of your asthma.

Take your Health Alliance member ID card in case you need to visit a doctor while you’re out of town.

If you aren’t getting a PURE room, pack your own bedding, like any special pillows, sheets, or bed covers.

If your kids are traveling without you, it’s important to both help them pack their meds, and to make sure they have their emergency plan and important numbers, like your phone number, handy when traveling.

Traveling with Asthma and Allergies

Once you’re at the airport, the key to a smooth flight is communication.

Make sure you tell the security officers you are traveling with asthma meds or a nebulizer, which they will have you take out of your case.

Use a phone, an app, or a watch that can stay on your home time zone, so you can keep track of when you should be taking medicine on your normal schedule. It’s easy to get distracted on vacation, so alarms are also an easy way to remind yourself at the right time.

Once you’re on your flight, if you feel sick and need help, a drink, or to get your carry-on quickly, it can help if you let your flight attendant know what’s happening. They can help you better and faster if they know it’s important for your asthma.

When you’re driving, fresh air sounds like a great idea, but you never know what allergens are in it. Drive with the windows up and the air on to keep triggers out. And, keep your meds close, not in the trunk!

After Arriving

Once you’ve made it to your hotel, it’s a good idea to make sure your supplies are still organized after traveling. You should also make sure your room is clean, and change your bedding if you brought it with you.

Try to plan activities that won’t stress your asthma or put you in contact with too many allergens, and make sure you’re ready to carry your inhaler, just in case.

And don’t forget to take time to relax and refuel for a vacation to remember!