Traveling is something that many people dream of from an early age, when they wait for the day they can gather enough money to spend on luxury vacations and exotic getaways. Yet despite the glamorous images you see on postcards and over social media feeds, people often neglect the many health problems you can encounter when you are abroad. Luckily, there are many steps you can take before, during, and after your trip which will ensure you stay your healthiest self. The healthier you are, the better memories you can make and the more you can enjoy yourself as you explore the world.
Have the appropriate vaccinations
If you are traveling to places such as Southeast Asia and South America, you must consider the diseases and health problems people can encounter during their travels. These include Yellow Fever and Malaria, both of which can be fatal if you don’t have the appropriate vaccinations before you set off. To ensure you are getting the best vaccinations, and that you will stay protected during your trip, you should visit your local travel clinic a few weeks beforehand, so that your body has time to adjust to the vaccination. Often, you will get given tablets or follow up appointments to attend after you’ve returned, which you shouldn’t miss out on.
Eat a balanced diet
Exercise is not something you will miss out on while traveling, especially if you are spending days exploring the wilderness of new countries. Healthy eating, on the other hand, can become hard to fit into your new routine. The key is to ensure you get enough vitamins and slow-release energy foods into your diet so that you can sustain yourself on your travels and keep your muscles strong.
Don’t ignore pain
Travel trips are filled with fun activities and unique days out, some of which can involve lots of physical activity. During one of these times you may cause yourself an injury which can be easy to try and push under the rug for the time you are away, as you don’t want to cut your travels short. However, this can lead to more severe problems if you have an injury which isn’t treated. Though you should rely on your travel insurance to receive care in the country you are traveling to, many people also elect to travel home to fix their pain, so they can start their trip afresh feeling healthy. If this is the case, you should have a pain expert such as Rishin Patel Insight Medical Partners on hand to help. This is also ideal if you are hoping to solve any chronic pain before you initially go away.
Personalise your first aid kit
Having a first aid kit (I recommend this travel one!) is essential while traveling, to help with any minor health problems. However, each person will need different first aid kit during their travels to suit their personal needs. This means packing any prescription medications, any herbal remedies, and pain relief to help keep your mental health and physical health intact.