Making sure you know how to stay healthy while traveling is something that is extremely important — or at least it should be — especially due to Coronavirus. Please pay particularly close attention to these tips if you are traveling to foreign countries.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to ensure you won’t get sick, but there are precautions which can be taken prior to travel. Once you reach your destination, there are also things you can do to guard against illnesses, or at least minimize the chances of bringing home a very unwanted souvenir.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus, COVID-19, first appeared in a city within China around December of 2019. Health officials first thought the source of this new Coronavirus, which is like a viral pneumonia, was linked to a seafood market.
Now it seems that it probably came from an animal source.
Lately panic has set in around the world as the virus seems to be quickly spreading. Many types of travels have been cancelled, some famous landmarks have closed their doors and more as COVID-19 has been detected in people throughout China and 24 other countries, including the United States now.
What are the Coronavirus symptoms?
The Coronavirus symptoms are similar to those of a cold or flu. How you feel if you contract this varies from person to person and some forms of the virus can unfortunately be fatal.
Symptoms can include:
- runny nose
- sore throat
- breathing issues
A doctor can diagnose the virus, although currently there is no cure. Treatments include self care, resting, staying hydrated and over the counter medications.
Hopefully you don’t experience any virus symptoms, and stay healthy when traveling, so you don’t even have to worry about this.
Even if the current Coronavirus pandemic wasn’t happening, you should still be well informed about ways to keep yourself healthy, especially when away from home.
Tips For How to Stay Healthy While Traveling
1. Required Vaccinations
The first step toward staying healthy when traveling is to check and see if the country you’re visiting has any required vaccinations.
Sometimes when you are searching for airfare, depending on which site or travel apps you use, you might see a travel warning or advisory. Don’t ignore that! Be sure to review it before actually proceeding with your travel reservations.
A travel agent should be able to help direct you if there are any special travel alerts or requirements. You may also want to visit you own doctor for advice. You should know that some of these inoculations have to be administered in stages, over a period of up to several months, so please take that into account well in advance of your travel dates.
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2. Destination Rules
While planning travel, it’s important to investigate things you should follow once you arrive at your destination. The most obvious factors are: how safe is the water to drink, which foods not to eat and any bugs, birds or animals to avoid.
You should not only pay close attention on what to avoid, but also what are the safe alternatives available.
If you are traveling to a destination where there are tropical diseases, even if you have been properly vaccinated against them, don’t neglect to learn the symptoms and what actions should be taken in the event you feel like you are developing them.
There could be simple and effective treatments available at the destination, if symptoms are identified in the early stages.
3. Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is a major factor for ensuring and also protecting your health. Many countries will actually refuse medical attention if evidence of having travel insurance isn’t provided. I’m sure you can imagine just how dangerous that could be.
Don’t look at travel insurance as an additional expense for vacations or trips. Instead, think of it as a vital part of the overall package when planning and booking travel, especially when taking a cruise.
4. Prescription Medication
Don’t forget to bring any prescription medicines you might be taking with you when traveling.
This is very important because depending on where you are in the world there may not be alternative medications available. Not having your prescriptions with you could be an invitation to disaster for your health.
5. Keep Hands Clean and Surfaces Sanitized
Now this might sound like a no brainer, but cleanliness is always key when it comes to staying healthy. This is even more important when you travel.
Make washing your hands and utilizing antibacterial wipes during your travels a top priority.
Even my kids, who are 9 and 15 years old, know to wipe down their seating area in an airplane, and things inside a hotel room before touching them (doorknob, remote, alarm clock, toilet handle).
It might sound silly, but these are great travel habits to get into. They can be instrumental in helping to further eliminate the spreading of illness or infection.
6. Protect Yourself From the Sun
You may not realize that this is a health concern when traveling, but, avoid over-exposure to strong sunlight. Always ensure you have on adequate SPF every single day, not just when exposed to it.
Sun burn, sun poisoning or sun stroke can not only compromise your health when on vacation, but it can also hurt, which isn’t a nice feeling at all.
I make sure that my a lot of my best travel beauty essentials have SPF already in them.
I’m all about multitasking any way that I can!
Please don’t let fear have you throwing your whole travel bucket list away.
When it comes down to it, a lot of how to stay healthy while traveling comes down to being proactive, staying informed and honestly common sense.
Do your research about the location you want to visit and take simple precautions to safeguard the welfare of you and your family, whether you are traveling near or far.