|Don't let a virus ruin your dream vacation!|
Showing up to formal party under dressed, accidentally calling
your new boss by the wrong name, or sending a private e-mail to your entire
We all have experienced plenty
of unpleasant and cringe worthy moments, but there’s one scenario that fills
people with dread: getting sick when they’re on vacation.
Is there anything worse than spending months
planning a vacation, then immediately coming down with something as soon as you
In a perfect world getting sick
on vacation would be impossible, but unfortunately we don’t live in one.
There isn’t some way for you to ensure that
you’ll stay healthy when you’re at your Tuscany
or beach bungalow in the Caribbean, but there are some things
you can do to lessen your chances of coming down with something nasty.
Do some research
When you’re traveling to an unfamiliar place you should do
whatever you can to learn about it.
you want to try to stay healthy during your vacation, see what kinds of
illnesses and sicknesses are common in the area you’re traveling to.
The World Health Organization is an excellent
resource for this kind of information, and they even have a handy guide for travelers
tell them about certain health risks that are common in their vacation
When you’re doing your
research, also be sure to contact your doctor (or find a travel doctor) to see
if they recommend any vaccines or booster shots before you leave.
Avoid problem foods and beverages
It seems like everyone has at least one friend who came down
with an awful gastro-intestinal disease when they were on vacation. If you want to avoid getting sick from food
and drinks, you need to make sure that you’re eating and drinking the right
things. Avoid tap water in all forms,
and that includes water by the glass, ice in drinks, and using the tap when you
brush your death. Amoebas and other
parasites may be lurking in local tap water, and even a small amount of
infected water can cause nasty problems.
Also avoid consuming raw or undercooked foods, and that includes certain
fruits and vegetables. Avoid fruits
like berries and apples, but feel free to eat melons, bananas, citrus fruits,
and any fruit that requires peeling.
Treat your body well
When you’re on vacation it can be tempting to go overboard
with food, alcohol, and other substances, but if you want to stay healthy you
should keep everything in check. There’s
nothing wrong with wanting to try out some new local dishes or to unwind with
friends, but doing everything in excess can wear out your body. Make sure that you get enough sleep when
you’re on your vacation, and that you still have nutritious food to eat. You should also make sure that you have
plenty of bottled water available.
Dehydration can cause a litany of health problems, and you know that you
need to stay away from local water sources.
In case you do get sick on your vacation you’ll want to be
prepared, and if you want to play it safe you should bring some over the
counter medications from home. It’s
almost guaranteed that the local pharmacy won’t have what you’re looking for,
so stop by your local drugstore before you head out. Bring essential medications for colds, the
flu, stomach problems, and allergies. If
you take any prescribed medication, ask your doctor for a note in English and a
note in the native language of your destination explaining what it’s for. You don’t want to get caught at customs for
your pain medication or your diabetic supplies, and having an official note
from your doctor can come in handy in tough spot. Also be sure to pack a list of your emergency
contacts. List any family members that
should be notified if you have any problems, and the number for the local
embassy or consulate.
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