05 March 2019 Hinesville, GA, USA

Staying Healthy When You Travel

The weather is getting warmer (sometimes depending on where you live) and in a few weeks we’ll all be getting ready for summer by planning our next getaways.  I, for one, am excited and want to do a couple of road trips and perhaps another cruise this year.  I do worry about getting ill or even injured while traveling and it’s definitely something that I want to avoid. Here are just a few steps that you can take to protect your health while you travel abroad and domestically so that you can enjoy all of your travels.
Staying Healthy When You Travel, The Low Country Socialite, Plus Size Blogger, Savannah Georgia, Hinesville Georgia

Get vaccinated

When travelling to certain countries, you need to be careful of foreign diseases such as malaria, rabies and yellow fever. These can be guarded against by taking a vaccine in the form of a jab or a pill. In some cases, jabs may need to be taken in stages several months before going abroad. There are clinics such as CBD Medical Centre that specialize in travel vaccines. Ask your doctor as to which vaccines they recommend.

Stay safe in the sun

If you’re venturing somewhere sunny, make sure that you protect yourself against the sun. If you’re easily prone to sunburn, make sure to slap on some sun lotion or cover yourself up.  The heat was soooo intense while I was in the Dominican Republic.  The sun hits differently when you are closer to the equator.  I learned the hard way! You can shop for sun cream at sites such as The Suncare Shop. Keeping your head covered up and drinking enough water meanwhile could prevent you getting sunstroke.

Staying Healthy When You Travel, The Low Country Socialite, Plus Size Blogger, Savannah Georgia, Hinesville Georgia

Drink bottled water

You may also want to avoid drinking tap water in some countries. This is because not all tap water in other countries is purified as thoroughly, so you could end up getting ill (the locals will have built up a tolerance to it). By relying on bottled water, you can ensure that it’s clean and you can prevent yourself from getting the runs. Always check the bottle lid when buying bottled water to check that it hasn’t been opened as there are some rogue traders who will try and sell tap water in bottles.

Bring essential medical supplies

It’s worth always bringing a first aid kit on vacation with you containing some essential medical supplies. I’m notorious for overpacking but I never feel bad about bringing medical supplies because you never know what can happen.  Plasters and bandages are always handy in case you get a nasty cut. Painkillers meanwhile could be useful against headaches and joint aches while Imodium could be much needed if you get an upset stomach. Make sure to also bring any prescribed medicine with you as well as medication for allergies such as an inhaler or an EpiPen just in case something triggers off your allergy.

Staying Healthy When You Travel, The Low Country Socialite, Plus Size Blogger, Savannah Georgia, Hinesville Georgia

Take out travel insurance

Medical treatment abroad could be costly. Even if you have health insurance, this likely won’t extend to countries abroad. By taking out travel insurance that includes medical cover, you could stay financially protected against any treatment costs. You’re best shopping around for travel insurance at sites like Travel Supermarket in order to find the most comprehensive coverage and the lowest cost.

Make a note of the local emergency number

In case of an emergency, make sure that you know the local emergency number. Without it, you won’t be able to call for an ambulance when you need it. It usually takes only a few seconds to look up a country’s emergency number online.

What are your tips for staying healthy and safe while traveling?

Until Next Time... 
Staying Healthy When You Travel, The Low Country Socialite, Plus Size Blogger, Savannah Georgia, Hinesville Georgia




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