Did you ever get sick while traveling? It is really one of the least fun experiences you could hope for. To spend the time you’d usually reserve for leisurely enjoyment and exploration rolled up in sweaty hotel blankets, your mind in a feverish turmoil, your body in persistent convulsions and aches… it really is no fun at all. What a most unpleasant way to spend the holidays!
If you’ve never really got sick while traveling, count yourself blessed. And consider taking actions to ensure you don’t ever have to endure such an experience. In case you’re not quite sure how to take care of your health while traveling, this travel article will round up the most common precautions that you will do well to adopt in order to reduce the chance of getting ill while away from home.
Stay Healthy While Traveling
1: Check your vaccines
It’s all around a good idea to check your vaccines before going on a journey. In some cases (especially if you’re going to an exotic country), you may even have to (or be encouraged to) get additional vaccines. You want to make sure your immune system is prepared to handle whatever may wait ahead! If you really want to be thorough, you might as well do a regular medical check-up before leaving.
2: Avoid airport food
While it’s convenient to eat something at the airport before getting on the plane, this is usually not the brightest idea. Airport food is not usually that healthy, and lifting off the ground on a full stomach will disturb sensitive stomachs. Why not pack a lunch that you can eat on the way to the airport, or just leave earlier so you can find a good looking restaurant and save some time to digest before boarding?
3: Take it easy on exotic food
When you’re visiting a new country with a great offering in terms of exotic delicacies, it’s usually best to restrain yourself from experimenting too much… especially during the early days while your stomach is still adjusting to the different cuisine. If you go all out and try a bit of everything right ahead, the odds of getting sick (or at least getting digestive issues) will be much higher! So pace yourself and look for something to eat that your body won’t alienate too much.
4: Hygienic concerns
This is especially true if you’re visiting third world countries, but it’s something you should be attentive to no matter where you go. Before purchasing food or drinks somewhere, make a point of watching the establishment’s hygienic concerns. If there aren’t obviously any, maybe you should look for food elsewhere. It’s really too easy to get a food poisoning or traveler’s diarrhea by eating infected food, especially if your immune system is not used to dealing with those foreign bacteria.
5: Stay hydrated
Last but not least, make sure to stay hydrated all the way through your travels. Keeping a bottle of water or two with you is usually a good idea, so you can keep sipping regularly. This will reduce the temptation of drinking water from questionable sources, and it will also help keep your body properly hydrated. For good measure, get a nice hat and keep it on your head especially while the sun is at peak!
Does that sound like a plan? Make sure to take these precautions with you while going on holidays, and you’ll be much more likely to have a great and healthy time!