- Posted August 30, 2014 by
St. Petersburg, Florida
Healthy Traveling: A Guide to Avoiding Illness When on Vacation
If you’re off on vacation soon, then it’s important to get prepared for the occasion. However, whilst packing the clothes, remembering the passport and buying travel insurance are all incredibly important, it’s equally vital to plan out what you need in order to stay healthy whilst traveling.
Here is a helpful guide of things to consider in the weeks leading up to your vacation.
Staying Healthy Abroad: A Helpful Guide
You’ll need to start planning for your vacation several weeks before your actual departure date, particularly if you’re heading somewhere exotic. Before you go, it’s a good idea to book a check-up with your doctor and your dentist, to make sure that you’re in optimal health for traveling and also to make sure you’ll well stocked up on any prescription medication that you might be taking.
You’ll probably have already booked your health insurance. If you have, make sure to check exactly what you’re covered for, and whether the policy covers visits to doctors whilst in another country, just in case the worst should happen.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition that people should be aware of, wear an information bracelet, or write the illness that you have on a piece of paper and have it translated, in order to show people in the country you’re traveling to and keep them informed about your condition.
If you’re going anywhere particularly exotic, it’s likely that you’ll require some form of vaccination. The exact nature of the vaccinations that you’ll require will depend entirely on where you’re visiting.
Be aware that you may also need to take malarial medicine, if you’re traveling to an affected area. There are different types of medication available on the market, and they vary in price, so be sure to find out which type is best suited to your requirements.
First-Aid Kit Checklist
Taking a first aid kit is a very good idea when traveling, particularly if you’re going to be in a remote, or undeveloped country, where it may be harder to receive urgent medical attention. Here is a checklist of the things you should take with you in your first-aid kit.
Any prescription medicines that you need to stay healthy.
Pain relief medication.
Medicine to cope with upset stomach and diarrhea.
Travel sickness medicine (if you suffer with it)
Other Things to Consider
1. Stay safe in the sun. Sunscreen with a high SPF is highly advisable, to keep you well protected in the sun. A hat with a wide brim is also a good idea, and it’s really important to stay well hydrated if out in the heat for a long period of time.
2. Protect against mosquitoes. Even if you’re taking anti-malarial medication, you’ll still want to avoid being bitten. Wear long-sleeved, loose clothing (especially in the evenings) and use insect repellents, preferably those containing DEET.
3. Be careful what you eat. Remember that some countries don’t have such rigorous hygiene regimes when preparing food, and as a result, traveler’s diarrhea is fairly common. Don’t buy food from street stalls and as a general rule, it’s a good idea to avoid seafood, unless you’re buying from a well-regarded establishment.
Doctor’s Check-Up Before You Go?
It is highly advisable to book a check-up with an urgent care clinic like Doctors Express before you go on your travels, in order to assess your health levels and talk about the vaccinations that you might require. Remember, some vaccinations need to be taken several weeks before you travel, so let your doctor know as early as possible as to where you’re traveling to.