Have health, will travel

Getting your passport stamped, packing for that exotic locale, and setting foot in another country… it doesn’t get more fun than that 명탐정 코난 감청의 주먹 다운로드. A whole new adventure awaits, but it can quickly turn sour if you aren’t well prepared.

Whether it’s your first or fifth time travelling abroad, there are a few things you can and should do to ensure you have a healthy, safe trip, and come back in one piece.

Where in the world am I?
Read up as much as you can about your destination and its health risks. Get up to speed on any contagious diseases, poisonous animals or insects, natural disasters, and the type of climate you will be in. Being sussed about this vital information will help you prepare and safeguard yourself for the worst.

Doctor, doctor
Get a medical check-up at least six weeks before your trip to make sure you are fit to travel. Your doctor will also be able to answer any questions you may have, prescribe emergency medicine, and make recommendations to suit your health needs.

Get vaccinated
Make sure you get your necessary vaccination to protect against hepatitis, influenza, yellow fever and malaria. Some countries legally require travellers to have certain vaccinations for entry. Plan ahead and find out which vaccines you’ll need. Some vaccinations need to be done in advance as they need more than one injection (and time to absorb into your system), so it’s best that you see your doctor six to eight weeks before you set sail.

First aid, first!
Your first aid kit can literally save your life. Don’t leave home without stocking up on anti-diarrhoea medication, motion sickness pills, malaria tablets, broad-spectrum antibiotics, antihistamines, pain relievers, antacids, antibacterial ointment, bandages, and plasters. Take enough to last you longer than you’ll be away, and always keep them with you in case of an emergency. It’s also a good idea to find out if the country you are travelling to has any restrictions regarding the type and amount of medication you are allowed to carry. Remember to bring your epi-pen if you suffer from bee or other severe allergies.

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Hide from the heat
Always wear sunscreen – come rain or shine. Excessive sun and heat exposure can cause heatstroke, which is a common bugbear for travellers in humid and tropical climates. It also helps to wear a hat, lightweight clothing and a pair of UV-protective sunglasses. Water, water, water… make sure you also drink lots of water to keep hydrated and cool.

Don’t gobble and go
Of course you’re going to sample the local treats. Travelling encourages eating out and trying new cuisines, and often overindulging in alcohol. Still, be careful about trying absolutely everything on offer, especially if the hygiene situation looks dodgy. Stick to what you know and keep meals as simple as possible. And definitely don’t overdo your alcohol intake. The last thing you want is to ruin your holiday with an upset tummy or a trip to the hospital.

Easy does it
Can you imagine going to bed at a sane and civil hour while you’re in a foreign country? Of course not! Holidays often mean long days and late nights of exploration and enjoyment. This is par for the course, but one too many can put unnecessary stress on your body and increase your risk for illness. Avoid this by resting well on as many nights as you can manage. If you get the opportunity to nap, grab it. Come home from your holiday feeling rested, not like you need another holiday.

Prep for the worst
Accidents happen. Make sure you are covered in case of a health emergency, including cover if you need to be evacuated to a hospital. This will give you financial peace of mind, and let you holiday relatively safe in the knowledge that you are prepared for the worst, while you’re enjoying the best!

The best way to be prepared? Make sure you’ve downloaded the Hello Doctor app, and have signed in with your username and password. This way, you have a doctor on standby, 24/7. We’ll take care of you, so you can take care of the fun!

References:

http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/general-travel-health-advice/ten-tips-for-healthy-travel.aspx

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/survival-guide

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/travel-health-tips

http://theplanetd.com/top-10-travel-tips-to-stay-healthy-abroad/