Many first time travellers worry about travel health. But fortunately, there are many seasoned travellers who are willing to share their top tips for travel health. However, all agree that once they’ve managed to board a train, plane or boat, their adventure has never turned into the nightmare they envisioned.
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There is a lot you can do to ease your nervousness about how your trip could turn out. Some tips to travel smart can help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls –
Why is it that our stomachs always play up when all we want is fun in the sun? When it comes to stomach cramps and diarrhoea, prevention is always better than having foreign bugs play havoc with your gut. A good tip is to build up good gut bacteria by taking probiotics a week or two before you travel and continue to take them while you’re away. You can also buy antibiotics to take with you on your holiday, to help you combat traveller’s diarrhoea.
Avoid that drained, worn-out feeling you get from trying to adjust to different time zones by taking a look at some excellent remedies. Did you know that melatonin, for instance, is excellent for regulating your sleep? It helps you to get in sync with your getaway destination’s time zone. Look out for some good melatonin-boosting supplements.
First Aid Kit
Make sure you have all of your usual medicines in your first aid kit to last you throughout your travels. Certainly, if you’re going away and need more than your usual supply, ask your doctor to extend your prescription. Paracetamol for general aches and pains as well as antihistamine tablets to soothe irritated skin can be useful for adding to your emergency travel kit. Buying these drugs before you travel could save you a lot of money, as some countries only have branded versions available in their pharmacies.
Safe Sex on Holiday
Every traveller needs to be aware of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the different kinds of contraception that can allow for safe sex on holiday. Before you become mesmerised by sun, music, cocktails and attractive locals, think of when you get back home and are battling with herpes, chlamydia, HIV or worse, an unplanned pregnancy.
Remember that the morning-after pill might not be available in the country you’re in. Do research and find out about the different safe-sex-on-holiday options there are and spare yourself a lot of post-holiday regrets. If you do have unprotected sex, be sure to get tested for any STI you may have picked up.
Be Prepared for an Emergency
When walking or hiking in the outdoors, you might cross paths with a snake or spider. If you are bitten, make sure you know what to do. Restrict movement as much as possible and keep the affected area below heart level to reduce the flow of venom. If you know you’ll be hiking in snake country, familiarize yourself with the contact information of the closest hospital.
Also, if you’re going into a malaria area, visit your doctor to find out about vaccinations and prophylactics that apply to your destination.
General HealthyTravel Tips
Lessen holiday travel stress by packing in good time. This gives you plenty of time to be prepared, so you’ve got everything you need if you did become ill a few days into your holiday.
• Always wash and dry your hands after using public facilities and after using the toilet. Certainly, avoid touching your eyes and nose after using such facilities. A good tip is to carry antibacterial hand sanitizer with you wherever you go.
• Avoid alcohol and caffeine while flying to your destination and drink water to remain hydrated. Dry air in the plane can dry out the mucous membranes in your nose and open you up to coughs and colds.
Avoid Dismal Memories
Travelling is an incredible experience and is guaranteed to leave you with the most amazing and lasting memories. The secret to enjoying travel is to avoid illness and stress by knowing what conditions you can expect at the destination you’re headed to. You’ll be able to enjoy the experience wholeheartedly because you took all the necessary steps to stay healthy from day one.
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