General Health Travel Tips for Visiting Foreign Countries

When you decide to travel overseas to a new country, you obviously want to have fun, learn new things, and not get sick. The change of environment and climate and the different food and sanitation conditions all contribute to reasons why you can get sick when you travel. Luckily, there are things you can do to minimize your risk for getting sick.

We are seasoned travelers and have experienced many interesting situations with injuries and illnesses. Based on our extensive experience, we would like to share our travel health safety tips with you.

Do your research and learn as much as you can. It is important to know the health and safety risks of the places where you will be going. Learn about the diseases, vaccinations, sanitation conditions, food and water availability and condition, and how safe it is. The more you know, the better you will be able to prepare yourself and take the necessary precautions. Good places to do research is the tourism and travel board websites of the country that you will be visiting. General Internet research will also give you valuable tips and your travel doctor will be able to advise you as well.

Visit a travel doctor and get vaccinated. You need to be vaccinated for diseases like Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid Fever, Cholera, Yellow Fever, and other diseases when traveling overseas. Some countries require many vaccinations and others may have very few. It all depends on what diseases are prevalent in that country. Your travel doctor will be able to inform you about which vaccinations you need. You need to start planning for this early on because vaccinations need to be administered at least 4 weeks before you leave.

Take measures against mosquitoes and insects. Insect or mosquito repellents alone are not sufficient and sometimes they hardly work. However, you should still use them as an extra prevention method. When you are in an area with mosquitoes and insects, make sure that you wear long sleeved shirts and long pants with socks that come up to at least the middle of your calf. Hats are also a good idea for keeping the insects away. No matter how hot is it, you should try and wear clothes that cover your body. You get special lightweight clothing for this purpose.

Protect yourself from the sun and heat. The climate in different countries is very different. If you are traveling to a country with a hot, humid, or tropical climate, you need take precautions. Wear sunscreen, long-sleeved clothes, and a hat when you are in the sun. Don’t stay exposed for too long. Make sure you keep yourself hydrated with water and drinks like Gatorade that contains electrolytes. It is easy to get dehydrated, so take care and be well-prepared.

As a last note, be careful about what you eat and drink. Not all food and water are safe and you should be very careful about where you buy food. You can ask around where it is safe or do your research before you go. These tips should keep you safe and prevent you from getting sick. In case something does happen, make sure you have travel insurance.