How to Avoid Health Issues when Travelling

Who would want to spend summer trips and vacations curled up in bed or be stuck in a hotel bathroom? No one. With your bags packed and cameras ready, you should be on a roll. You’re on vacation and you shouldn’t have to worry about injuries or health issues.

For some, travelling is not just a vice, it  has become a lifestyle.

Here’s how to breeze through those health issues, if you encounter any:

Expect emergencies. Accidents happen specially if you don’t expect them. The most that you could do is be prepared. If you are going on a road trip, ensure that you have the car insurance documents with you. Have the numbers of tow companies, medical insurance contacts and hospitals saved in your phone because you’ll never know when you’ll need them.

If you are travelling overseas, opt for travel medical insurance. Some airlines offer travel medical insurance with cheap rates so you better take advantage of it. With this, you are guaranteed of in-patient treatment in many hospital networks worldwide. Just ensure that you review the policy thoroughly.

Always keep your health cards, passport, travel and medical insurance documents in places that are secure but can be easily accessed in case of emergencies.

Research before you go to your destination. Check if there is any outbreak of  diseases (such as malaria or measles) and get yourself vaccinated. Check websites such as for information on outbreaks and where to get vaccinated.

Choose where you’re eating. You can’t always dine out in fancy restaurants specially if you are travelling on a budget. Most of the time, eating food unique to the place you are visiting will give you the best travel experience. Just be wary of food sources that are not sanitary. Observe how the food is being handled before you decide to order.  Sanitize your hands, tables, bathroom faucets and doorknobs with antibacterial sprays.

You may want to be more adventurous and try out anything that you have never tried before. If you’re hiking, you might wanna try plants and herbs that you’ll see along the way. If you don’t see anyone else trying it, then don’t.  Bottom line is, if it’s not being served to you, then it’s probably not meant to be eaten.

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To drink or not to drink (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Be extra conscious of water sources. Check for any water contamination report for your current location and if there is, do not drink and do not brush your teeth with water. Bring your own water, or, if you can, bring a portable water purifier. If you are trekking where there will be no facilities available, ask locals where to get water that will be safe for drinking and cooking.

Be a boy scout. When travelling, always carry a first aid kit with you. Have a supply of medicines you might need while on the road:  anti-inflammatories (these can relieve pain and also has fever-reducing effect), anti-allergies, gauze pads and adhesive tapes, hydrocortisone cream, antibacterial soap and insect repellants. Keep over-counter and prescription medication in the original packaging  for easier clearance at the customs and securities.

Have fun but not at the expense of your health.

Happy travelling!


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