Now that the summer is fast approaching, many people are thinking about summer travel. There are some things that could occur, which might ruin your trip. Some things can be avoided and some things cannot. However, you can at least plan ahead for what might happen. If you want to prevent health issues while traveling this summer continue reading this article.
If you’re planning a trip out of the country, begin planning four to six weeks before your scheduled trip. There are lots of things to consider before taking off that could impact your health and safety. What you may need to consider may not be what another traveler would need to consider based on their specific health issues and concerns. You’ll need to also consider the types of illnesses that the country you are traveling to may expose you to.
If you have a pre-existing health condition, discuss your travel plans with your doctor to find out whether or not it is safe for you to travel. If it is safe for you to travel, there may still be some precautions that you should be aware of due to the possibility of any flare-ups or chronic illnesses. You will need to have an adequate amount of your medications. We would advise you to make sure they are left in their original containers so that you don’t mix them with anything else. Remember to keep all medications in your carry-on luggage. This is important in case you need to take them or if your checked luggage is lost. You should also consider minimizing the possibility of becoming sick while traveling such as taking medicine that can help you avoid altitude sickness, applying sunscreen to avoid sunburn, and wearing a specific type of clothing. Travelling within the United States is certainly a great idea with so many wonderful regions to explore. When heading down South, a popular city for many types of businesses is Birmingham, Alabama as well as other great cities in the southern part of the US.
You will also want to be sure that you have received all of your routine vaccinations, mumps, measles, diphtheria, tetanus, flue, chickenpox and other vaccinations that may be necessary. There are some types of vaccinations that you might also want to consider that will help prevent food born illnesses, which include cholera, hepatitis A, or typhoid. There are also those that will help prevent mosquito-transmitted viruses. This is especially important if you are traveling to an area where mosquitos are a problem.
It is also possible for you to avoid or reduce the possibility of being bitten by harmful insects while traveling. This could include a bug spray and/or a mosquito net around where you sleep. You should use an insect repellent with at least 30% or greater DEET. If you are traveling where malaria is easily transmitted, it is advised that you take a prophylactic medication to prevent contracting it. There are some food-borne illnesses that you can avoid by avoiding certain street food, unpasteurized dairy products and raw foods that are offered to you. Also, carry a hand sanitizer wherever you go and use it before and after every meal. You can stay in control by taking precautions before you travel this summer.