To travel is to feed your senses and make lasting memories to last a lifetime. Not everyone is comfortable in leaving their homes and going somewhere new for a certain period of time. We all thrive in the safety and comfort offered by our homes but it is hard to pass up on the adventure of a lifetime. Traveling is so much easier now with cheaper airline flights and the convenience offered by the World Wide Web. You can easily book an Airbnb in any part of the world without breaking the bank. You can also come up with your travel itinerary months ahead before your big trip since you can find all the details you need on the web.
With the advent of smartphones, all these perks are now in the palm of your hand. You can do so many things all at once with no sweat at all, wherever you may be. As you feed your wanderlust, it is unavoidable to fall ill during your travels. It may be just a common cold or flu or a bout of diarrhea from all the street and exotic foods you have consumed the day before but getting sick is inevitable. So, how can you make sure you remain in great shape as you wander around?
Nothing can ruin a good traveling experience than catching the flu or getting a cold. Although bringing a lot of prescription meds can sometimes do the trick, it’s better to stay healthy while you’re on the go to avoid so much intake of medicine.
Here are some handy tips to keep healthy while on travel:
Always bring a sanitizer. Do not just lug that pack of sanitizer in your bag, use it regularly!
Don’t forget to eat breakfast. You might be excited to explore your new surroundings as soon as you wake up, but don’t forget to eat your breakfast first before going out!
Choose glasses over contact lenses. Contact lenses may be handier, but you are more prone to eye dry-outs if you wear them during travel.
Wear skin-protecting lotions. Don’t forget to pack your sunblock when going to the beach, and if you’re on the way to a tropical country, make sure to bring good insect repellent.
Try to get as much sleep as you can. Traveling can be really tiring, and treating your body to a good night’s sleep will help you replenish the energy you spent during the day.
A little common sense can go a long way when traveling. While vacations and international travels will likely be always full of surprises, a little precaution will make sure you enjoy every single day of your trip and not leave you sick in bed and miss out on a lot of things.
MANY people book their flights, pack their bags, and head out without having a health check. To enjoy a healthy, worry-free trip, it is highly recommended to make an appointment with your doctor for a preventive health check around six to eight weeks before your trip.
Most of us prepare for the big trip weeks to months ahead. Only a very few go on a trip in such short notice. Hence, you still have time to plan and prepare every aspect of your travel.
1 It’s important that you discuss your personal travel plans with your doctor to ensure you have the correct medications and/or vaccinations for your trip.
2 Don’t settle for the basic diagnostic tests like a one-time CBC, X-ray, or ECG check without seeing your doctor.
3 For instance, persons with diabetes are generally recommended to undergo a glycosylated hemoglobin (Hba1c) test. This helps your doctor gauge how controlled your sugars are.
4 For people taking maintenance medications, liver and kidney function tests are also recommended.
5 If your trip involves a lot of walking, or other possibly strenuous activities (e.g. mountain-climbing), securing a cardio-pulmonary and fitness evaluation is important.
6 Long periods of immobility during long periods of travel can lead to a condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Travelers with any of these conditions should be aware of the possibility of developing DVT and should see their doctors before their trip for additional recommendations on how to prevent its onset.
8 If you are traveling to parts of the world where certain diseases are endemic (e.g. malaria), you could also be at risk for these. Visit your doctor for preventive treatments like immunization and prophylactic medication.
Going somewhere new for the first time is an exhilarating feeling but can leave you jittery too. You should bear in mind that half of the trip is already won by planning ahead so you have nothing left to do but to enjoy your vacation once the time comes. Do your homework. Find out what the weather will be like in the place you are visiting so you can bring the right set of clothes and footwear. Plan enough clothes but not too much or risk paying thousands on excess baggage.
Those are just some of the tips any traveler needs to remember when going out on a trip. It is not always easy and you may face challenges along the way such as financial issues and visa problems but as long as you have enough time on your hands, you’d be ale to work things out. Nothing compares to the joy traveling can give you. It gives a new meaning to your life and memories that can last you a lifetime aside from having an excuse to escape the daily grind if only for a while.