Getting a vacation is essential, as it helps you get refreshed but it is also important to take care of your health; especially if you are visiting a new country. Here are five tips to follow to ensure you don’t only enjoy every minute of your vacation but also for you to remain healthy through it all.
Pack your medications in a carry-on bag
To avoid losing your important medications if an airline baggage mixup occurs, pack your meds in a carry-on bag. If you take prescription drugs, you need to have the necessary paperwork with you throughout your trip.
To ensure your drugs aren’t confiscated, keep medicines in original, clearly labelled containers or packaging, and bring a copy of your prescriptions. Make sure that the prescription and medication labels should match the name on your photo ID.
Some countries forbid certain medications, so it is important you double-check with your destination’s embassy before you leave.
Be Moderate As Possible
The truth is you’re on vacation and you want to indulge as much as you can. You think it’s OK to have an extra scoop of ice cream or more than a bite or two of a caloric Mexican dinner.
It is however important you know when to say “when”. It is best to fill up on quality proteins, fats, and high-fiber carbohydrates that will keep you full longer. That will help you resist overdoing it at dessert time. The protein and fats will slow the impact of the sugar on the body by slowing your digestion.
Avoid Going Barefoot
Part of the wonder of travel is dipping your toes into new oceans, lakes, streams, and rivers. However, there can be infectious organisms lurking in that water. That is why it is best you wear water shoes to avoid scraping your tootsies and letting germs into the open wound.
There is a risk of exposure to water that is contaminated with bacteria and parasites from animal faeces. It is best to wear water shoes that fit snugly. And wear sandals in the shower to minimize exposure to fungi, which can lead to infection.
Never Skip Breakfast
In your rush to get to the airport on time, you should try not to skip breakfast. The first meal of the day should be non-negotiable. Skipping it could leave you scrambling for food in less than ideal situations later in the day.
Prepare for Upset Tummies
Also known as traveller’s diarrhoea as much as 70 percent of international travellers will experience this at least once. That’s why doctors suggests packing both diarrhoea medication like Pepto-Bismol, just in case.
If you are a traveller with a high risk of complications from severe diarrhoea, then your primary care provider will likely recommend treatment with rifaximin or Azithromycin.