Thinking of traveling abroad for a visit, business or tourism, it is a nice thing, but, you have to take in consideration some important things to ensure that your trip is safe and will pass safely without any health problems. In this article you will learn about how you can take care of your health while traveling:
Make the necessary vaccination
In some countries there are many diseases that pose a high risk for travelers so be careful and protect yourself by making the needed vaccination for the areas you will visit. We recommend that you have to check with your doctor at least four to six weeks before your trip who will advise you about the necessary vaccination.
Adequate stock of needed medicines and injections
If you are suffering from chronic diseases and need permanent availability of drugs, injections and serums such as (sugar, high blood pressure, etc.), you should take sufficient stock of these medicines if they are storeable and if you do not know all the details regarding the possibility of the availability in the region you will travel to, ask about the nearest area where these drugs can be found. May be your destination will be in a semi-remote or that the tour program includes visiting some of the most remote areas, which do not have the necessary medical capabilities, so it is necessary to verify this and make sure of it and make all arrangements before traveling
Some needful basic medical materials and devices
If you are suffering from some health problems during your travel, such as vomiting due to takeoff, seasickness, or headaches when traveling by road, there are certain drugs and medical devices and procedures that must be taken before takeoff and there are some of them could be taken during the travel. You should take all this in consideration and know much about it by your doctor before traveling so you will know what materials could be taken before – during – and after travel.
Availability of a small first aid kit
It is important to have a first aid kit with the basic needs of emergency materials that your doctor will advise you, such as: gloves – adhesive bandages – disinfectants – gauze – medicated cotton – antibacterial, redness and itching – eye drops and other first aid kits.
Travel medical insurance during your trip
Many insurance companies provide medical insurance while traveling abroad, some of which covers the following medical cases:
The cost of treating emergency medical conditions, whether as a result of illness or accident, during your travel, covering hospitalization, surgical procedures, medical treatments, ambulance, within a certain amount or percentage according to the type of insurance chosen.
The document covers cases of death too – and the total and partial disability as a result of an accident within the limits of the agreed insurance system
And some of these medical insurance bear part or all of the cost of the return of the body in case of death .
You should also take into consideration your family’s medical insurance (if you have a pregnant wife or she is suffering chronic diseases – kids and elderly family members) in case they are accompanying you in your trip.
Check the drinking water very well, check its validity, packing and the source, in the absence of the mineral healthy water try to Boil drinking water at least for a minute. You should also avoid drinking juices made of normal water ice.
In order not to be in the risk of pollution and bacteria do not eat fresh fruits and vegetables, un cleaned and peeled sold in the street, but try buying it wash and cleaning well at home with clean water, especially in countries suffering from problems of diseases and environmental pollution
Because of changing in the atmosphere and food, it is possible to have diarrhea, but it is rarely dangerous and disappears fast. However, you should avoid eating street foods or drinking juices or water sold in the street and try as much as possible to avoid the foods sold in streets vendors and use secured and internationally recognized restaurants even though were fast food and avoid meat and raw seafood in the street restaurants. Here comes the role of your doctor, who has consulted with you before you travel . supposed to have described you about the appropriate treatment or antibiotic for such cases.
Dry and hot weather can cause dehydration, which may include sunken eyes, dry nose and mouth, and less need to go to the bathroom. Therefore, precautions should be taken for such cases and try to increase the intake of fluids and oral hygiene.
You should protect yourself well from the sun especially if you are traveling to a coastal area in summer, exposure to direct sunlight can be very harmful as sunburn can cause premature aging of the skin or may develop and lead to skin cancer as well. You should protect yourself well in such a situation wearing the appropriate hat, which can shade the face also preferred to wear sunglasses and put a skin protect creams which is suitable and against the sunburn – with having an umbrella.
If you travel in the winter or to a very cold country take all the necessary precautions such as clothing, socks, scarves, shoes and gloves and you have to increase taking vitamin C or eating orange and lemon as a natural source for vitamin C to avoid severe colds
Eating good food, exercise and walking, making a healthy diet while traveling is not impossible. It is essential not to miss the main meal and to drink enough fluids. You can enjoy your routine sports with ease. Do not forget to take a comfortable sneaker. We recommend you to learn some new exercises that do not need huge equipment so that you can exercise simply and anywhere, such as jogging, walking in the open air and swimming.
Sleep enough and take good rest, make sure you get eight hours of sleep a day. Give your body the rest, do not try to resist drowsiness, and make your journey physically enjoyable too.
Pregnant women and travel:
Do not make traveling while your pregnancy to obsess you and get rid of your head the idea of not being able to travel while you are pregnant With all the necessary information and vaccines and appropriate medical insurance it will become as having fun after fun
Avoid traveling in the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy because it is the stage of vomiting and feeling dizzy and it is better to travel between the fourth and sixth month and if you do not suffering complications in your pregnancy, you can travel at any time except in the last days of your pregnancy
You should also take yours and your baby’s medical records with you. You may need them, especially if your trip is fairly long.
Wishing you a beautiful, happy, enjoyable and safe trip