Getting sick is a drag anywhere. It is especially heart breaking when you have worked hard all year to take valuable vacation time. When traveling to foreign countries your immune system will likely encounter “new” germs and toxins. So, before you leave home, spend the few weeks ahead preparing your body to fight. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, get lots of sleep and exercise, and try to manage daily stress through Yoga, meditation or mindfulness. It also doesn’t hurt to try and avoid others who may have flu symptoms or colds.
Another great way to plan ahead is to ensure that any medications you take regularly are well stocked and easily reachable throughout your trip. Carry any and all prescriptions with you including those for lenses (just in case). You can also check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for any recommendations for the area you are traveling. It is also a great idea to bring a small first aid kit for any minor emergencies along the way.
Now that you have gotten off on the healthiest start possible, stay that way! Here are some helpful tips to avoid unwanted illness during travel:
- Drink LOTS of water
- Avoid tap water where possible
- Wear appropriate footwear for all occasions
- Take group or licensed transportation (*a major cause of death or injury while traveling is road accidents)
- Always use mosquito repellant when necessary
- Don’t forget sunscreen
Although these tips don’t guarantee that you won’t get sick, they will ensure that you are protected from more serious illnesses and injuries that could easily ruin a great trip. And remember, travel with an open mind and be well.