Sometimes the quest for adventure can override the need to stay healthy while travelling. To get the most out of a trip, you need to do your research and plan accordingly to ward off illnesses.
Before travelling, get a physical check-up to make sure that your family is fit and healthy and ready to travel. Don’t ignore your dental check-up as dental emergencies can also occur while travelling. There are many advantages of having a physical examination by your doctor before travel. They include recommendations for routine vaccines, precautionary measures you need to take before or while on your trip, and in case of known pre-existing conditions, the maximum benefit to be included in your travel insurance.
It is crucial to check with the CDC/WHO for the latest health warnings or alerts. The health information includes details of disease outbreaks or health risk warnings and vaccination suggestions. Anybody travelling outside their country should check this health information prior to travel. Any risk of international travel will help you avoid nonessential journeys to some destinations.
Check your destination and make any doctor appointments well in advance of your departure. Make your destination international clinic or doctor aware of any mental or pre-existing health issues your family might be dealing with and whether you require any pre-travel planning. Make sure your children have received all the necessary boosters as recommended by the NHS.
Take some extra precautions and have some resemblance of a first aid kit ready. Talk to your healthcare professional and have your own medications prepared to take with you while in-flight and everywhere you will travel. Carry important things such as vitamin D, sunscreen, essential oils, etc. and be sure you carry enough. Additionally, take all prescriptions that you may require as many countries query the need for medications. Have the list and generic names of over-the-counter drugs that you may require.
If you want to travel with peace of mind, get travel health insurance to cover all the unexpected risks associated with travelling. Having travel insurance will offer financial support and comfort and allow you to enjoy your travel without worries. It usually covers all issues connected to emergency hospital treatment or urgent health attention (sudden events like accident, injury, etc.). If one or more of the family members has a chronic health problem, travel insurance can literally save their life.
Before any travel plans, up your wellness game with probiotics. Taking probiotics will help seed helpful bacteria in the gut, and this will optimize the immune function and ensure good health before and while travelling. It is advisable to continue taking probiotics throughout your trip. Keeping your digestive system in good shape means you will have an overall good trip. Probiotics deals with gut discomfort and bloating through a midway flight or road trip.
Let all you are travelling with know of any allergies you have to medications/food. To avoid food allergies when travelling either by road or by airplane, keep your medication at hand. Bring with you an allergy alert chef’s card and food allergy and anaphylaxis emergency care plan. When travelling with asthma and allergies, make sure to refill your prescription medication. Enquire about airlines, restaurants, and food labelling allergy laws and policies for your journey. Plan ahead and think of your needs. Call hotels and restaurants and ask about their food allergy policies and choose the best place that suits your needs.
Touching contaminated surfaces such as bathroom walls while on your travel can expose you to disease-carrying germs. Besides carrying a hand sanitizer, it is always good to wash your hands with soap thoroughly too.
Following these simple tips will help you and your family to stay healthy on any journey, allowing you to spend more time enjoying the sites and having fun.