How to Stay Healthy When Traveling Abroad



Traveling to foreign countries and exotic destinations is something that many people would like to do in their lifetimes. However, traveling to foreign lands could mean being exposed to germs that surprise your immune system. Getting sick can turn an enjoyable vacation into a nightmare. To stay healthy when traveling abroad, a bit of planning is required. Follow these recommendations given by the US Food and Drug Administration to avoid falling ill while you travel out of the country.

6. Research Your Destination

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It is always a good idea to take a few minutes and research your destination. This is especially important if you are traveling to a remote location. While you are checking out what to do in the area, find out where the closest medical facility is located. Do you need to get immunizations before going to this particular country? Plan for this as early as you can. This is crucial because some types of immunizations are administered over weeks or months.

5. Practice Healthy Habits

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To sustain your energy on long trips and get your blood pumping, get up and take a brisk walk for a few minutes. Once you arrive at your destination, try your best to get a good night’s sleep, particularly the first night. If you are visiting a location with a high altitude, experts recommend resting during the first 12 to 24 hours, as the body will need to adjust to having less oxygen available. Avoid overeating or drinking alcohol in excess. Eating or drinking too much can cause digestive problems, sleep issues and mood swings.

4. Bring All Medications with You

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It is a good idea to bring several different types of medications along with you. Good staples for your mobile medicine kit include stomach medicine, cold medicine and cough drops. Don’t forget to pack items like insect repellent and sunscreen. The FDA recommends avoiding the use of the drug Entero-Vioform to cure diarrhea, as it has been associated with causing nervous system issues.

Bring along all prescription medication and leave all types of medication in their original packaging to avoid unnecessary hassles with border officials. The FDA also warns to not purchase medicine in a foreign country. They explain that this is because medicine sold in particular cultures may contain ingredients which are impure or harmful to the body.

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