5 Tips to Ensure Your Health While You Travel

5 tips to ensure your health while you travelDengue, Typhoid, Malaria…oh my! What to do to prepare for your dream vacation without going over the top, but ensuring your health during your travels? No one wants to be sick on their vacation. You work your tail off all season to be able to travel and relax during your time off. A little bit of preparation and research can go a long way to ensure your safety and health on your trip. So first things first, where are you planning on venturing off too?

Child Playing Langosta

5. Research a little bit about the area you are travelling to. Do this with a grain of salt however because as we all know, the Internet is full of horror stories and other nonsense. There can however be trends of information that may lead you to believe it is valid. For example, if travelling to Central America, you may find you need a few immunizations. However, based on the areas you plan to travel to, some are very tourist friendly and no longer carry certain diseases. You certainly do not want to load up on any extra injections that are unnecessary. If a good amount of research is telling you something is excessive then more than likely, it’s the truth. An HPV Costa Rica Vacation is a dream destination, and a little preparation can keep you safe and having a good time.

4. With that said, talk to you doctor or local health practitioner to double-check what they recommend. Doctors have readily information about what you might need when visiting a certain country. Come prepared with your research as well as a list of exactly where you will be visiting. Africa as a destination is not specific enough. There is a big difference from a big city in South Africa, from the outskirts. The doctor will more specifically be able to help you get prepared if they know exactly where you are going. Some times you can get pills prescribed incase you get stomach problems from bad water, or if you might be going to an area with something, you can take the pill only when you decide for sure. Get all of those prescriptions filled, and have them packed safely in your suitcase. Make sure you plan ahead so that you can get any and all immunizations that you and your Doctor decide are necessary.

Langosta Sunset

3. Pack a first aid kit. When travelling to some of the more exotic and beautiful areas in nature you will be less likely to find some of the finer things in life, like bathrooms with hand soap, towels, or even toilet paper. If you get a cut or scrape you may not be able to come across a Band-Aid and wipes as soon as you would like. Carry a small first aid kid in your backpack, and a larger more complete one in your rental car or back at your hotel or vacation rental. The one with you, could just have some antibiotic, Band-Aids, alcohol wipes, ibuprofen, toilet paper, and a small bar of soap or hand sanitizer. You can add to this list if you don’t mind your travel kit being a bit bulkier. Your larger kit should be more complete with anti-acids, an ace wrap, mosquito repellent and sting aid, anti-allergens, water purification tablets, any prescriptions your doctor sent with you for this trip, and even some female products if it falls on that time of the month. Check out a medical supply company online to search through options for your first aid kit. A little preparedness ahead of time can turn a little scratch into nothing, rather then a big gnarly infection down the road.

Mini-First Aid Kit-Travel

2. Have your “in case of emergency” information ready and on you at all times. Make sure that all of your medical cards are up to date, and that your insurance is all organized. It is a good idea to leave any information you might need on your trip with a loved one back home like Grandma or Grandpa, or a good friend. Write down on a note card in your wallet everyone’s medical ID numbers, phone numbers of doctors, and emergency contacts in case your phone is lost. In case of an emergency you don’t want to be missing your insurance carriers card, or critical information for you or your family members.

1. Call your credit card company. This may seem out of the ordinary, but in case of any emergency, your credit card is often your most important resource, being accepted almost anywhere on the globe. Call your credit card companies ahead of time to see which ones have the best international rates, or are free of charge abroad. Let them know you will be out of the country and what dates you will be travelling. Also get an international phone number you can call in case the card doesn’t work once you get abroad. Some cards offer you the lowest exchange rate in your favor, and also ensure that you don’t get robbed of all your cash. Empty out your wallet of any extra cards like gift cards, and others while you are travelling. You won’t need them and they are safer at home. In case you or a loved one are rushed to the hospital your credit card will suffice until your medical insurance can take over.

Find a list that works for you and alter or adjust it as you see fit. If you have a baby travelling you might have other major precautions to add to your list. With information at the ready these days find preparation for you and your family that works. Enjoy your vacation and be safe, wear your sunblock and enjoy the beautiful nature that surrounds you.

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  1. says

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Me and husband always visit my parents house for Christmas and it took more than 24 hours by car. One thing that I always forgot is the aid kit. It’s simple but also important..

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