VIDEO: Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling Abroad

Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling Abroad
You’ve booked your big trip abroad, but to fully enjoy your vacation you’ll need to stay healthy while traveling.  At we have a few tips to help keep you feeling your best on your dream trip.

The first step is to get any recommended vaccinations.  Two months before you jet-off on your adventure, visit a doctor who has experience in travel health and can recommend vaccinations and medications based on the area you’re traveling too.

Buy travel insurance to provide a safety net for extreme circumstances.  The right coverage depends on where you’re traveling and what activities you plan to do, but a short-term policy can be very helpful in case injury or illness should occur.  As with any policy, read the fine print.

Be aware of and prevent food-borne illnesses.  Eat only well-cooked foods that are still hot, don’t consume salads or raw vegetables, and drink bottled water.  Also, remember to wash your hands regularly.

Pack basic medical supplies. Depending on your destination, seemingly common items like pain relievers or clean bandages can be hard to find.  So pack things like headache medicine, Band-Aids, and a full supply of prescription medicines in your carry-on luggage.  Also, bring copies of shot records and keep emergency contact information on hand.

Take some time to prepare before you leave so you can enjoy every second of your far-flung vacation!

Published: 11 Sep 2012 | Last Updated: 12 Sep 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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