HOW TO AVOID GETTING SICK WHEN YOU TRAVEL
How to stay healthy when you travel—there's a fine balance between being cautious and being terrified of everything when it comes to staying healthy in a foreign country.
Here are my top 5 tips to help you stay healthy on the road.
BE MINDFUL (NOT TERRIFIED) OF FOOD CONTAMINATION
Food is such an integral part of culture in many countries around the world and it's there to be enjoyed. There are a couple of 'rules of the road' I've learned the hard way so I hope they help!
Unless you're in a 5* hotel, avoid eating fruit from shops or street vendors which is pre-cut, either get them to cut and peel it in front of you or avoid it all together.
Be mindful of the season; dry season in some parts of the world equals dust and that dust (maybe from the ground) get's taken by the wind and scattered about...sometimes in your food or into the food on street stalls, don't be paranoid, be prepared.
Eat when and where the locals eat. If you want fresh piping hot food which heavily reduces the risk of any kind of contamination then do your homework and figure out when and where the locals eat their meals and do what they do.
PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST THE SUN
It may sound like a basic step but I've seen the sun ruin people's trip.
Make sure you're wearing UV protective sun glasses and be mindful that the sun can be very strong at high altitudes, using a daily moisteriser with SPF is definitely the way to go.
PLAN YOUR TRAVEL CLINIC VISIT IN ADVANCE
If you're heading to a new location, likeliness is you'll require travel vaccinations. What you need will vary from country to country and often vaccinations have to be given at one or two week intervals so plan at least 6 weeks in advance.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM MOSQUITOS
It's hot, you're on holiday and you want to wear your new holiday clothes—totally understandable. However, mosquitos also love your new spaghetti strap top because there's so much flesh on display! The answer to all your mosquito problems; layers. Pack a select handful of light clothes that you can layer easily without getting too hot.
Don't be that person wearing hot pants and a tiny top in the jungle (that was me aged 22 in the Amazon, what followed was 3 days if itchy, scratchy agony), cover your beautiful body up.
DON'T BE TOO CLEAN
Sanitising hand gel, it's the new (ish) craze and using it once a day is ok, using it ten times and hour isn't, here's why.
Firstly, there's no scientific evidence to prove hand sanitising gel is any more effective than good old fashioned soap and water and secondly, many of the chemicals used are now under scrutiny.
Opt for good old fashioned soap and water whenever possible.
Which of the top 5 tips are you going to put into action on your travels this year? Leave a comment below and let me know.
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