Planning a big trip?
Before you get busy with other stuff, you should think about your health first. Staying healthy is key to fully enjoying your stay in another country. It ensures that you can take part in all the activities, eat amazing food & party the night away. Here are a few tips that can help you keep healthy on your trip.
Tips on staying healthy
- If you are on medication, make sure that you have your prescription refilled so you will have enough supply for the duration of your trip. Your medication should be in their original packaging. You should also take your original prescriptions with you.
- Four weeks before you fly, get a thorough check up from your doctor, your vaccinations updated and get the required inoculations for the country you are visiting. Buy a comprehensive medical travel insurance that is recognised in the country you are visiting. The insurance should cover the time you set off from your residence to the time you get safely back home.
- Pack a basic first aid kit. It should include OTC pain relievers, digital thermometer, gauze, bandages and sterile strips, disinfectant, anti-diarrhoea, fever and cold medicine, motion sickness medicine, antihistamine as well as insect repellent and plenty of high-SPF sunscreen. You should also have wound salve, scissors and tweezers. If you intend to do a lot of walking, invest in anti-chafing stick to prevent blisters. Keep your hands clean with hand sanitiser but do not forgo washing your hands with soap and warm water.
- While on the long flight, prevent dehydration by drinking orange juice with no ice and water. It is better to eat light and avoid alcohol, coffee and sugar-laden food. Avoid blood clots on your legs by standing up and taking short walks along the aisle every hour. Avoid crossing your legs as well and regularly flex your ankles.
- Always see to it that the food you eat is freshly cooked, especially in countries where the weather can get blistering hot. If you want to sample local delicacies, ask for recommendations from you travel guide or your hotel concierge.
- Wash fruits thoroughly before you eat them or when in doubt, just stick to fruits with thick skins that you can peel.
- Yogurt is a good thing to eat to avoid diarrhoea. At the same time, you should only drink bottled water and avoid ice cubes on your drinks. Eat bananas to replace the potassium you have lost in a bout of diarrhoea and stick to bland food for a while, such as rice, plain bread, clear soup, tea, boiled potatoes and fish. On the other hand, if you suffer from constipation, make sure you eat more vegetables and fresh fruits and prunes.
- Do not just exercise right before your big trip. Do it regularly, so your body is in the right condition before, during and after your trip.
These are just some of the practical ideas on how to stay healthy without taking away your chances to enjoy your big trip.