Essential travel health tips
Travelling can become the most memorable and exciting experience if health issues
stay away. It is important to stay fit and in good health to enjoy the journey. Moreover, it is not at all difficult to stay in good health while travelling. Just take care of following tips and precautions and have a stress free travel throughout.
|Ø Keep yourself hydrated. Drink plenty of water and liquids to avoid dehydration. Remember the water is purified and filtered. While travelling to abroad, ascertain about the quality of water. In case, the water there is not safe, prefer bottled water to give infections a miss. Avoid using tap water and ice cubes as they may carry harmful germs.|
Ø Proper and sound sleep helps in keeping the body energetic and fit. Therefore, avoid sacrificing the sleeping time for anything else.
Ø Wholesome diet is another major factor. Choose healthy meals and avoid spicy or fast foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables, which can be peeled, are the safest bet. Steamed foods are also safe. Also, go for foods that do not require human hands in preparation.
|Ø Many infections and illness are the result of adulterated/ contaminated foods and drinks. Therefore, stay alert and consume wisely.|
Always carry the necessary medical supplies including prescribed medication, painkillers, antiseptic cream, sunscreen
and first aid kit while travelling. In case, of group travelling, verify the medical arrangements made by the travel coordinator. If certain health issues are persisting, then deal with them before leaving for travel.
|Ø In case of pregnancy, consult the doctor and understand the precautions need to be taken.|
Ø Enquire about the vaccinations and other preventive measures, if any, required before leaving for destination country.
Ø Carry photocopy of the insurance cover to care of any emergencies. Ensure that the insurance policy covers any existing medical ailment and covers any future activities like river rafting, mountaineering, and skiing and so on.
Ø While travelling by air, all the above tips are equally valuable. Besides, there are certain other concerns such as jet lag. Stretching the muscles and walking while in flight can help in keeping the problem in control.
|Ø It is advisable to avoid alcohol and overeating before and during the flight. In case of pain in ears, chewing gum can help. For babies, using pacifiers and/or sucking bottle can relieve the pain in ears.|
|Ø For people with special needs and serious ailments, prior information to the airline is required so that necessary arrangements are made in advance.|
|Ø While using water transport, get to know about the safety regulations to avoid mishaps.|
|Ø Wear loose fitted cotton clothes on long distance journey and in hot climate country.|
|Ø Apply sunscreen liberally in order to avoid suntan and sunburn in hot climates.|
|Ø Wash hands before and after eating food. Use hand sanitizer for extra caution.|
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