Are you preparing a trip to other countries? Remember, healthy travel requires planning, research, self-discipline, and vigilance. Many illnesses which includes travelers’ diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera are contracted through contaminated food and water. Not to mention the different strains of flu and fever that can also be acquired during trips abroad. Some research say that Travelers’ diarrhea also known as food poisoning; is the most common illness contracted abroad which affects 20-60% of overseas travelers.
However if we scare ourselves and not even dare venture out because of the diseases and illness that lurks outside then we are definitely going to miss out on a lot in terms of experience. Remember that no matter where you go, you can reduce your risk of such diseases by following the basic guidelines that is listed below:
Travelling with immunization
When going abroad, it is best to divide the advised vaccination into three groups mainly; routine, recommended and required as mentioned by emedicinehealth.com. Routine vaccines are those that are suggested by CDC to prevent serious and sometimes fatal diseases such as measles, varicella and rubella. Recommended vaccines are those that are dependent on the country that you are visiting. This is aimed to protect travelers from diseases that are only specific to the country that the traveler will visit. Required vaccines which is mandatory by the International Health Regulations are for Yellow Fever when travelling to sub-Saharan Africa and South America and meningococcal vaccination for travelers to Saudi Arabia during the Hajj.
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Take a sufficient supply of medications or a travel health kit
This cannot be stressed enough. Make sure when you’re packing your stuff to include on your to-pack/carry list is a first aid kit and a travel health kit. Consider carrying medication for the common cold, constipation, typical small cuts, scratches, and burns, diarrhea, indigestion, motion sickness, the best antihistamine for your allergies and some analgesics for your pain or fever. Keep prescription and over-the-counter medications in their original wrapping to avoid problems with custom officials.
Be wise about your food and drink
Whether you are heading hopping around your entire list of Greek Islands or backpacking around Thailand. Being in a foreign country, eating and drinking like the locals is an essential and very satisfying part of travel, and to skip this experience is a non-starter for a lot of travelers. But switching up your diet too drastically can topple all but the hardiest constitutions. Note that even a small amount of contaminated water can make you ill. Same goes for ice cubes on your drinks.
As you travel across the world cross things off your bucket list, you will see that things don’t always go as planned, and when it comes to health and wellness, you have to prepare for the unexpected. But, by being ready to address whatever situation comes your way, you’ll never have to travel in fear.
However you cut it there’s a good chance you’ll fall in love with travel. It might even encourage you to get a job that gives you the freedom to travel.