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How to Stay Safe and Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling
Traveling is one of the best things you can do. Giving you a chance to travel, see, and experience things, and letting yourself venture into the great penetralia of the earth! Now, doesn’t it sound like a good idea? But you should always set your mind that it is not only about doing the undone things, it is also making sure that you stay safe while traveling.
Traveling can be thrilling and daunting at the same time. Since it is all about getting out of one’s comfort zone, you’ll be doing things you never thought you will be able to. To have a successful trip, your safety must be your priority. It is important to keep yourself safe and healthy while traveling. And since it is not avoidable to try the local’s food, well just make sure that won’t trigger something in your stomach. Prevention is always better than cure, make sure that what you eat is clean and won’t harm you. Another thing is you should never take the sanitation for granted. Here is a list of the things from World Journeys you should also consider to prevent acquiring diseases while traveling.
Things to consider
As a traveler, you should know the local climate of the country or the place you are about to visit in order to prepare the things you are about to bring with you. It is also important for you to be able to know what type of clothes you should wear. As they said, the climate is defined as the prevailing condition when you travel. Dealing with the rainy or cold climate can cause you to catch a cough and colds, or a hot weather can cause you to have rashes or sunburn so you have to be prepared.
Food and Water
One of best things to do in visiting a new place is exploring its traditional cuisines as well as trying even its street foods! And since you are staying at that place for a span of time, you’ll be drinking the available local water. Well, it would be a bit of a problem in traveling if you do have a sensitive “traveler’s tummy”. If you are about to travel over the holidays, keep in mind that it’s not about looking trim and having a beach-ready body, but you have to avoid upsetting your tummy.
Traveler’s tummy is your stomach condition during the travel. Since you are about to try different types of foods, you are susceptible to some of the common foodborne diseases from places that are currently affected. Here is a list of some things you should avoid to reduce the risks:
● Raw or uncooked food, including meat, seafood, and salads
● Street foods unless it has been cooked in your presence
● Unwashed fruits and vegetables
● Unpasteurized dairy products
It is also important to watch out the water you are drinking. Make sure that you are drinking lots of safe water and it is not contaminated with unwanted microorganisms. No one wants to get amebiasis during the trip. It is much better to invest on bottled waters that to catch one, isn’t it?
It is important to protect yourself from waterborne illnesses. Remember the reason why you travel. You travel to explore the unexplored and not to acquire diseases so you should always put sanitation first!
Disposing of human waste appropriately – it is the primary thing you should be a concern of since it is the major source of water contamination.
Practicing good personal hygiene – having a good personal hygiene is important for your overall health. And since it is the first step for a healthy body, it can help you in avoiding being sick when if you practice good personal hygiene.
Insects and Parasites
If you are about to travel and stay in a hotel, be mindful of the insect bites and parasites as well. Since getting sick while on a trip can ruin your holidays, be careful from acquiring malaria, Zika virus, dengue, and other diseases that can be transmitted by insect bites. It is desirable for you to use insect repellent, wear long sleeves, and use air conditioner instead of opening the window. You should also avoid stray animals to keep yourself away from rabies. Always keep your guard up and if you see people who pass by coughing, exhale slowly and inhale when you’re in a good distance because you wouldn’t want to get any communicable diseases.
All of these diseases can be avoided by boosting up your immunity system. Eat healthily and add more protein in your diet. It is also a good thing if you get used to taking vitamin C for extra defense.
Before You Travel
Vaccines are necessary for keeping yourself and loved ones against deadly diseases. Remember that it is way better to prevent yourself from acquiring such than dealing with all the hassles just to be well. Always ask your doctor about all the available vaccines you can get. And if you are vaccinated, you don’t have to be bothered of thinking that you might catch something since your antibodies will protect you. But if you are vaccinated already, try booster vaccine for diseases that are not commonly found in North America, vaccines that are required in certain countries. It is always necessary that you should seek advice to professionals since other people may have different vaccine requirements.
Bring Medicine in case you get sick
It is necessary to bring medicines with you while traveling just to be prepared if you get sick while on the trip. It is the best way to be prepared and if you are wondering of what meds you should take with you, here are some examples:
Prescription medication – you should bring all the required prescriptions medicine that they need during their trip because if it was prescribed by your physician, then that means it’s important.
Medicine for digestive issues – you will never know when or where you can get an upset stomach so it is important to bring proper medicine for any tummy-related troubles.
Cough, Cold & Flu Medicines - it is important to have these medicines in case you do get sick while traveling, you don’t want to get sick with no available meds you can take so always have to be prepared!
Pain relievers – this may sound as if it is not needed but trust me you’ll thank us when a headache or toothache attacks and you have pain reliever by your side, never forget to bring one because it is important just in case of emergency.
Motion Sickness Medicines – since you’ll never know when you will have a rough trip, always put some meclizine in the meds you have to prepare.
Anti-Malarial Medication – if you are about to visit someplace, it is necessary to do a little research and know if it is malaria-free so you will know if you have to bring some anti-malaria meds with you but always keep in mind that some of these meds can cause you nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Protect yourself from mosquito bites
If you are about to visit tropical countries, especially Southeast Asian countries, keep in mind and be careful of mosquito bites. It is important to protect yourself from being bitten because it can lead to various diseases. Here are some of the preventive measures you can do in order to protect yourself:
● Wear light, loose cotton clothing that covers most of your skin.
● Sleep under permethrin-treated nets when necessary
● Use anti-mosquito coils and plug-in devices where appropriate
● Apply insect repellents that contain DEET
Protect your skin
It not all about keeping yourself safe from mosquitoes, parasites, and other diseases… you should also keep in mind that the sun can also be your enemy. Apply some sunblock or lotions with SPF to protect yourself from sunburns that you can get from too much sun exposure. And if you are not comfortable
Use wet wipes and hand sanitizer
Since being clean is the first defense you can do to keep disease away from you, using wet wipes and hand sanitizer when water and soap aren’t available. Make it a habit to wash your hands. Have or use some wipes and sanitizer before you eat. Always remember that these things can prevent the spread of germs and bacteria since there are often present on your hands. Yikes!
Consult Your Doctor
Consulting a doctor or a nurse before a trip is important because they can give you a medical advice that can give a hand while on a trip. They are more knowledgeable in the things will need and the do’s and don’ts that you have to keep in mind.