With all the planning that goes into a holiday, itâ€™s easier than you think for important details to get lost in the shuffle. But nothing ruins a getaway more than falling ill or dealing with a lack of travel insurance. Whatever your usual travel checklist is, be sure to include these handy pointers:
1. Before you leave…sort out all medical details
Does your medical insurance cover travel abroad? Have you had a medical check-up recently, and all the vaccinations or immunisations youâ€™ll need for where youâ€™re going? Have you been to the dentist? These are all questions to ask yourself and the people youâ€™re travelling with. And if the answer to any of those questions is â€˜noâ€™, you should fix that immediately.
2. Before you leave…pack wisely
Remembering to pack the suntan lotion isnâ€™t enough. If thereâ€™s anyone in your party who needs medication, make sure they bring it along. Pack your own first-aid kit, covering for situations like headaches, scratches, and upset stomachs. If you wear glasses, bring a spare pair along just in case. If possible, do some research beforehand about where youâ€™re staying and where the nearest medical facility is located.
3. On your way…stay hydrated
Whether youâ€™re travelling by car, plane, or boat, youâ€™ll need plenty of water. Take some with you in a carrier bottle, itâ€™ll save you the trouble having to buy any before you set off or after you arrive. And while alcohol or sugar-filled colas may be tempting, they will dehydrate you and make it harder for you to sleep. If you want snacks, opt for healthy ones like fruit or nuts.
4. When youâ€™re there…rest properly
This is less of an issue if youâ€™re travelling west, but if youâ€™re eastward bound then adjusting to local time is going to be unpleasant. If you reach your hotel in the middle of the day, donâ€™t let yourself nap â€“ donâ€™t even lie down! Instead, stay awake until a decent hour and then go to bed; itâ€™ll make adjusting to local time so much easier. Eating meals according to the local time of day helps too. If you and your fellow travellers are habitual night owls, you donâ€™t have to tone down your dynamic lives â€“ just rest up before and after! Wearing yourself out on vacation can lead to falling ill as soon as you get home.
5. When youâ€™re there…eat and drink carefully
Whether youâ€™re living it up on luxury Ibiza holidays or backpacking in Borneo, you may need to exercise caution around the local cuisine. Cleanliness is a factor, but so is your own personal adjustment and what youâ€™re used to. If the local water is questionable, drink bottled water, avoid ice in drinks, and any food thatâ€™s been washed in the local water. Be careful buying food from street stalls, and ensure all your food is thoroughly cooked. Where necessary, stay away from shellfish and unpasteurised dairy products.
Follow these top tips and you should have no health problems on your next holiday! Got any more essential health-based travel tips? Share them in the comments!
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Gavin Harvey loves travel, blogging, and any excuse to combine the two.