Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

If you’re planning a trip to other countries remember that healthy travel requires planning and preparation. Certain travelers manage to travel all over the world, attend the most crowded events, and rarely get sick. If you’re not one of the lucky few, there are still some ways to diminish the negative health effects of frequent travel.

Here are 3 websites recommended by the FDA to look at before you take your bags and head to the airport.

  1. U.S. Department of State Travel Information
  2. The CIA World Fact Book
  3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travelers’ Health

Now I am going to list some of the tips that will help you stay healthy and enjoy your trip.

Pack these items in your bag. cvs_help_packets

keep some space in your bag for first aidremedies like sunscreen and protection against insects, as well as over the counter treatments for the common cold; constipation; cuts, scratches, and burns; diarrhea; heartburn or indigestion; insomnia; motion sickness; pain or fever; sore throat; allergies; nasal congestion; and malaria prevention.

Don’t buy any medicines abroad. Most of the drugs sold in developing countries may contain impure or toxic ingredients. Avoid buying any medical product without consulting a trusted health care professional.

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Strengthen your immune system. The scientific evidence on the powers of supplements to prevent cold and flu isn’t yet conclusive, but it doesn’t hurt to take them if they’ve worked for you in the past.

Go High and Stay Well. The higher you go, the “thinner” the air gets, and when you go too high too fast, your body cannot get the oxygen it needs. While many people can reach up to 8,000 feet without any ill effects, anyone who travels from lower altitudes to above 6,500 feet could experience altitude sickness. plan to rest during the first 12 to 24 hours there to adjust to breathing in less oxygen.

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Find a way to exercise every day. Exercising while you travel doesn’t mean lifting weights and doing push-ups. If that’s what works for you, then great. But if it doesn’t, get creative! Find different ways to explore the world around you, and GET ACTIVE.

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“WATER” Avoid tap water in all forms: including ice and any water mixed with drinks or juice.

Pay attention to what you Eat and drink. Drink plenty of liquids. Avoid overindulgence. Too much alcohol and food can result in altered moods, poor sleep and gastrointestinal problems. Try to eat thoroughly cooked fruits and vegetables and thoroughly cooked meat, poultry, eggs, and fish. Try to avoid raw fruits and vegetables according to FDA these might be rinsed with tab water and may be contaminated.

Hopefully with just a little planning ahead, you should feel confident and prepared for traveling domestically or abroad. Remember, a little research and planning can go a long way. Safe travels!

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