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Traveling And Your Health: Important Facts You Need To Know

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How To Take Care Of Your Health While Traveling

I do a lot of traveling, sometimes it’s just for pleasure or totally moving across the country. It can have a huge impact on your health, here’s what you need to know:

Your health and safety should always be an issue. But it’s something that far too many people forget about when traveling. They’ll skip necessary precautions. They’ll assume everything will be fine. They’ll neglect some of the very real mental negatives that can come with a trip. Here, we’ll make sure you’re not in the camp making those mistakes and that you’re a lot safer abroad.

 

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Your health and safety should always be an issue. But it’s something that far too many people forget about when traveling. They’ll skip necessary precautions. They’ll assume everything will be fine. They’ll neglect some of the very real mental negatives that can come with a trip. Here, we’ll make sure you’re not in the camp making those mistakes and that you’re a lot safer abroad.

 

Pre-Travel

The very first thing you should do is find out more about your destination. In particular, you may want to ask your doctor about it. You can also do your research on sites for services like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For a lot of tropical or subtropical climates, you’re likely to need some sort of vaccination. To be prepared, you should see your doctor at least six weeks before you’re expected to travel. You can’t go in leaving yourself vulnerable to diseases that could have life-altering effects. Sometimes, proof of a vaccine is also required to travel freely through a country.

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During travel

You should also stay prepared for health risk when you’re traveling. Keep yourself healthy and safety. For example, if you’re driving, make sure that you’re well aware of what heightened risks may be posed on the road.

 

 

If there are mosquitoes, do your best to prevent bites and have malaria pills on hand if you need them. Make sure all water and food is verified as safely as you can. Have your own supply of medicine for things like diarrhea. Leave any local wildlife well alone. You don’t know what kind of infection risks they might pose. Finally, make sure you’re limiting excessive sun exposure. Stay well stocked on that sunscreen.

Dealing With Emergencies

We don’t like to think that we’ll be in an emergency on a vacation, but you can’t act under that assumption. You don’t want to be stuck relying on foreign healthcare from doctors you might not understand. In some areas, it may not be the safest option.

So make sure you have the right insurance coverage overseas. You might even want to look at insurance providers who have options like air ambulance services at the ready. If you’re not prepared in advance, you’re going to have to rely on whatever health care is available in your immediate area.

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Stress

Not all dangers when traveling are purely physical. You should take care of your mental health as well. In particular, stress and anxiety are a very frequent flier. They can make your holiday less enjoyable, they can cause pain and panic attacks. So make sure you avoid them. Make sure that you expect delays and cancellations as part of the possibility.

Be flexible. Don’t be too demanding on yourself when traveling, too. You might not be able to make one thing you really wanted to see but don’t let that spoil the rest of the trip. Avoid the stress of getting lost, most importantly. Travel with someone you know and make sure you both have tools like Google Maps. Any problem is ten times more stressful when dealt with in isolation.

 

If you’re traveling far for your holidays, you need to prepare for the worst. Assumption is the mother of all disasters, after all. When it comes to your health, disaster is something that you shouldn’t be courting.

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  • Elizabeth @ Ellie & Elizabeth November 22, 2016

    The last trip we took (coincidentally to Atlanta, lol) my husband got really sick. Thankfully we weren’t in another country, but at any rate, we hadn’t prepared at all for the possibility. Of course this brought on stress for me, so both of us didn’t have quite the good time that we had planned. This trip will be a do over, with better preparations next time!
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    • Heidi November 22, 2016

      And you didn’t even call lol. I know what you mean, when I got back from PA I felt so sick and sometimes the traveling itself wears on your health.

  • Hannah November 22, 2016

    Excellent information. I have Diabetes and need to take food and drink with me wherever I go.

    • Heidi November 22, 2016

      I hear you Hannah, I sometimes suffer with low blood sugar if I miss meals.

  • Ebonydad November 23, 2016

    Great advice. I must admit when I travel I really do not consider my health because I do just assume I will be fine. This article definitely will help me think about my health more seriously when traveling. Thanks!
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