Staying Healthy While Travelling
Any trip requires planning, working out where you want to go, where to stay, what to do and what to eat.
Your health is important, not only to help you stay safe on a trip but also to make sure that you enjoy yourself. But what should you keep in mind when it comes to staying healthy when you’re travelling?
No two holidays are the same and every country is different. An all-inclusive trip to Spain isn’t the same as backpacking through India.
You need to look at the key travel issues for each country you choose to visit. For example, are there certain foods known to make people ill, or is the water safe to drink?
Understanding the risks to the places you want to visit, and recognising what to avoid and planning around problems is key to avoiding running into any potential risks or issues which could be harmful to your health.
Essentials to pack
If you’re going camping for example you need to look at the sort of area you are staying and where.
For example, most of mainland Europe if you are staying on a campsite there is likely to be a shop nearby and there’s going to be places to go and eat.
If you’re planning on heading out into the wilderness then it’s probably a good idea to ensure you plan to be without any creature comforts and considering bringing along the right equipment to cook and prepare food, along with finding a survival food company who can provide meals for your trip.
Think about the country you are going to, and the time of year. Simple travel essentials can help avoid a variety of common travel problems, think about travel sickness tablets or the right factor of sun screen for example. Both can help to stave off common health problems which affect many people when travelling.
Packing the right things for your trip, the right clothes, first aid, etc. is crucial. Being prepared and aware of potential issues means you can avoid them. Particularly health hazards like food poisoning which can ruin a holiday and cause major health problems in severe cases.
Considering potential health issues and finding the ways to counteract them is only one part of planning for a trip.
In terms of your wellbeing, you should also look into:
- Travel insurance to cover medical costs
- The locations of embassies in an emergency
- The locations of hospitals and medical centres
If you are going somewhere remote have an itinerary, map out the route you will be taking, the connections you will make and ensure that someone has a copy. Then stick to this plan, this means if something does go wrong you increase the chances of people knowing where you are.
Taking the time to research and plan ahead when organising a trip means you can stay informed and prepared for any potential health situation. Meaning you can be more confident when travelling, reducing stress and making sure you can focus more on enjoying yourself.