Throughout my travels I’ve found that, along with getting properly vaccinated, the best way to maintain good health is to practice good hygiene. This may seem obvious but in developing countries extra measures are sometimes necessary. To prevent getting sick while traveling – including such lovely illnesses as diarrhoea, influenza and dehydration – I follow these best practices:
Prevent getting sick while traveling with these 5 easy tips:
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly, especially before eating
- Keep your nails short and clean
- Clean your water bottles scrupulously every few days
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and the occasional rehydration pack
- Ensure you’re getting enough minerals by taking multivitamins
These basic not only prevent getting sick while travelling, but they make me feel great. There’s nothing quite like being fresh, clean, and hydrated. Add a good night’s sleep and you’re golden!
What about when you still get sick?
When I do get sick, I usually let it work through my body. I am no medical expert, but I figure building up immunity makes for decent prevention. While antibiotics may get rid of uncomfortable symptoms sooner, they can also damage intestinal flora and good bacteria. So, when possible, I avoid taking them.
How often do you get sick when traveling abroad? Have you ever been hospitalized in a foreign country?