Whether for business or pleasure, traveling subjects us to various factors that can affect our well-being. Depending on the chosen destination and your individual health history, you should consider the following travel health tips to ensure a healthy itinerary and an overall pleasant trip:
Stay healthy no matter where you go with our medical tips for travelers.
Travel health tips
- It’s essential to learn about the place or places you will be traveling to: the geography, climate, medical services available, access to drinking water, endemic diseases or existing disease outbreaks, etc.
• It is always advised to ask your physician or a travel medicine service, even when there are no symptoms or specific ailments, to tell you about the precautions and preventative measures to take, based on the details of your trip. It’s also a good idea to make a dental appointment to avoid any discomfort during the trip.
• It is very important to get any vaccines and/or taking the prophylactic medication prescribed by your doctor according to the destination and your individual situation (age, pregnancy, pre-existing illness, etc.).
• Pack all medications that you usually take in the necessary amounts and with the original prescription packaging. If you wear glasses, contact lenses or hearing aids, it is also recommended to take a backup supply and a prescription, just in case.
• Include among your travel documents an identification card with information on any illnesses being treated (diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy, etc.) and a list of known allergies, especially allergies to certain drugs.
• Purchase health insurance or travel insurance with medical coverage and verify the availability of health care services in and around your destination.
• Wear appropriate clothing for the climate you will be traveling to.
• Prepare a travel kit, including basic medical supplies you may need during your trip (antacids, pain relievers, antibiotic ointment, bandages, etc.)
• If you are traveling to a destination that is at a higher altitude than you are used to, be prepared for the possibility of altitude sickness, which can cause severe nausea and dizziness. Limit alcohol consumption as much as possible at high altitudes (you will be affected by half the amount of alcohol you normally drink or even less, and it takes 4-6 week for your body to adjust in this regard).
Keeping these travel health tips in mind when planning and packing for your next trip gets you one step closer to having a healthy and enjoyable trip, no matter where you travel.