We often tend to be neglectful about health concerns when traveling because we don’t like to think about the things that can get in the way of a good vacation. We would much rather think about what we will do, what we’ll see, and what foods we’ll try. However, neglecting to seriously consider those risks is the easiest way to make yourself vulnerable to them. Let’s look at how to effectively address health concerns during travel and keep yourself as safe as possible.
Do your research
First of all, it pays to be aware of the health risks associated with the country or region you’re planning to go to. The World Health Organization lists health concerns by country, making it easy to see them at a glance. For many countries, there will be mandatory vaccinations you have to receive before you travel there, while some have others that aren’t mandatory but recommended. Learn more about any specific illnesses or infections affecting the area and read up on what you can do to protect yourself from them specifically.
Know where to find help
If you or someone you’re traveling with do get injured or ill, then there are few worse things than not knowing what to do next. Ensure you do some research on how to access the emergency services as well as the route to the nearest hospital or treatment center. If you’re far from town, such as being out in the wild, then you can look to a jet ambulance service and ensure that you still have access to the care you need. You should always know where to turn to when you need help, so you’re not left vulnerable.
Make sure that you’re covered
Traveling without insurance is never recommended. It doesn’t just cover the costs of what happens if a flight is canceled or delayed. Many providers also cover you in the event of an accident or injury if you don’t have your own private care arranged. When choosing your travel insurance, make sure you buy a policy based on the real risks you’re facing. Where are you going, what are you doing, what are the risks associated with that?
Adopt these good practices
Lastly, here are a few brief tips to help you stay safe from illness and injury when traveling. Avoid traveling alone at night or in unfamiliar areas that aren’t fully public. If you can’t be 100% certain as to the safety of tap water, then stock up on bottled water and stay well hydrated. Avoid purchasing street food and stick to reputable restaurants or buying and cooking your own food. Dress sensibly for the climate. Avoid direct sun exposure with the right clothing and strong sunscreen. Lastly, if you’re visiting an area known for mosquitoes or other biting insects, invest in nets and repellent.
You can’t completely eliminate the risk of illness or injury when traveling. However, with the tips above, you can be mindful of the risks, ensure you do your best to prepare for them, and make sure that you’re covered if something does end up happening.