Summer is one of the most popular times of the year to travel. This is because the weather is at its best during this time and children are out of school, making it ideal for family vacations. However, traveling to different places, especially overseas, increases the risk of exposure to illnesses not found near home. The following are four summer travel tips that you should follow to ensure that you stay healthy while on vacation:
- Get a checkup before leaving – Find out about the diseases that are prevalent in the area to which you are traveling traveling and then get a checkup with your doctor before you leave. Your doctor will make sure you’re in good enough health to travel and will provide you with any necessary innoculations to protect against region-specific diseases, such as yellow fever, malaria and hepatitis A.
- Pack a health kit – Bring a few basic health supplies with you in case you fall sick on your trip. You should bring an anti-inflammatory drug (such as ibuprofen), an anti-diarrhea medication (such as Imodium™), a motion sickness medication, antiseptic cream, drugs for an upset stomach and, last but not least, adhesive bandages.
- Always wash your hands – This may seem like a basic tip, but a lot of people forget to do this regularly while traveling. Always wash your hands before meals and after you’ve handled objects on public transportation or in tourist spots.
- Be careful about what you drink and eat – If you’re traveling in third world countries or developing nations, you need to be very careful about what you eat and drink. Only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled. Make sure the meat you eat is well cooked. Don’t put ice in your drinks and avoid foods and beverages from unhygienic locations, such as street vendors.
These four summer travel tips can help you and your family avoid getting sick while on vacation. For more health tips and to stay up to date with all the latest health news, visit us at The Benefits Store today.