Getting sick unexpectedly is an expected part of life, and becoming unwell while travelling is one unfortunate example of this. Being prepared for all of the exotic environments and foreign bugs and parasites while travelling is a good way to prevent any unnecessary illnesses. Plus, exposure to these becomes even more possible the longer you’re on the road! Although getting sick is a part of life, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things you can keep in mind to prevent them from developing – in this article, we take a look at a few simple common sense tips to help you prevent illnesses developing while you’re travelling overseas.
Minimise risk factors to prevent becoming sick
Although the need to get vaccinations is a very important part of travel, there are some much simpler things you can keep in mind to promote sickness prevention. The first of these is washing your hands – although it seems obvious, when people are overseas it becomes less of a priority, despite it being one of the best ways to prevent the transmission of infection and disease. Washing your hands before you eat or drink and after you go to the toilet can dramatically reduce your chances of you developing diarrhea, vomiting, food poisoning, gastroenteritis, flu, or even hepatitis A. to further guarantee contaminants don’t sneak into your body, drinking bottled water everywhere you go is one of the most important ways you can guarantee the water you’re drinking is properly sanitised. Even if water looks fine coming out of a tap, drinking it can cause some serious problems for you very quickly, depending on where you are in the world. The same goes for ice – if you’re buying a bottled drink like coke, that’s obviously completely fine, but accepting ice in it can make you sick.
Staying aware of your environment
Although eating is a big part of travel, watching what you put in your mouth is valuable. It’s generally a good idea to avoid raw fruit and vegetables that you haven’t peeled yourself, salads that have potentially been prepared in untreated water, food that might have been sitting out for an extended period of time (such as with street vendors) and any dishes that might be undercooked, raw, or reheated, particularly meat, fish, or rice. Keeping the elements in mind can also be a lifesaver when it comes to travel abroad – carrying sunscreen with you if you’re planning on being out in the sun for a while can ensure you’re not wiped out the next day with sunstroke, or that you’re so sunburned that you can’t move! If you don’t have sunscreen on you, consider wearing long loose clothing, as this will also help prevent biting insects from attacking you. Staying hydrated if you’re in hot or tropical climates is also extremely important, as becoming dehydrated can lead to some serious health conditions, with the potential for serious cases to become emergencies.
Are you keeping fit while adventuring?
Although it’s often forgotten when you’re having a ball in another country, staying active is a great way to stave off illnesses and be healthy while you’re travelling. In addition to improving your overall health and sense of wellbeing, it can strengthen your immune system to help prevent viral infections. While it doesn’t prevent sickness altogether, a stronger immune system can help you get back on your feet much faster than you otherwise would have!