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Tips for Healthy Travel

  • April 02, 2020
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Traveling isn’t uncommon. From business trips to excursions, pilgrimages, or holidays, more people seem to be on railroads, flights, cruises, or long drives than ever before! How do we plan a healthy travel? With varied travel types, the list can go endless. Any trip could be made healthy with the three 'Ps': Being ‘Proactive,' ‘Prepared,' and ‘Protected’!

Your health during travel begins even before you travel! So be proactive:

  • Have enough information about your travel destination.
  • Talk to your doctor about specific vaccines or medications.
  • Evaluate your health with the doctor regarding pregnancy, fever, infection, allergy, or disability.
  • Inform the doctor if you have had any surgeries, heart attack, stroke, or blood clots.

Planning saves time and helps keep good control. So be prepared:

  • Pack smart with hand sanitizers, insect repellents, sunscreens, and sunglasses.
  • Take along first aid kit with antiseptics, bandages, face masks, thermometer, oral rehydration salts and lozenges.
  • Carry prescription medications, inhalers, and over-the-counter medicines for fever, pain relief, diarrhea, acidity, or cough.

Preventing health issues can make your trip hassle-free. So be protected:

  • Do not eat at unclean restaurants or improperly cooked foods.
  • Consider a suitable health insurance plan.
  • Carry contact details of health care providers, and family members or friends.
  • Seek attention if you are not feeling well after your trip, be it diarrhea, skin problems, trouble breathing, or other issues.

To minimise discomfort during jet lags, get regular exercise, stay hydrated, limit alcohol intake, and get restorative sleep every night. Expose yourself to sunlight to help your body readjust. 

With these tips, be assured of a healthful trip and enjoy quality time during travel.

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Disclaimer: Don’t follow any suggestions in this article without consulting a qualified doctor

Source:

  1. Survival Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel. Traveler’s Health. CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/survival-guide.
  2. ‘Prepare for a Healthy Trip.’ Everyday Health.  https://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-travel-pictures/top-tips-for-healthy-travel-0125.aspx.