Whether you are a young backpacker who likes to go on extreme adventures or you are a businessperson who travels often, travelling exposes you to many different things.
It is important to do what you can to maintain good health when you are in a foreign land, which might be a place that you are unfamiliar with.
In some cases, almost everything is different, climate, food, language and culture are all aspects of travelling and with that in mind, here are a few tips to stay healthy when you are abroad.
- Stay hydrated – When in hot climate countries like Thailand and Malaysia, it is very important to drink adequate amounts of water. Dehydration can quickly lead to more serious issues and when drinking water in 3rd world countries, you should only drink bottles water, as there is always a risk of contamination. You can buy water purification tablets if you are travelling to a remote place, which you can use in the event of an emergency.
- Powdered drinks – Rather than drinking a locally made beverage, you can order pearl milk tea powder from a leading Thai company that also offers fruit drink in powdered form; simply add cold water and you have a healthy drink that contains all the ingredients you find in fresh fruit. They have many different flavours including orange, lemon, strawberry, mango, passion fruit and even lychee.
- Take care with extreme activities – It is very easy to find yourself taking part in extreme activities such as rock climbing, paragliding or riding a motorcycle; you should evaluate the situation and if there is a high element of risk, it might be prudent to pass. Make sure that you have adequate health insurance to cover any extreme activity; not all travel insurance policies cover you for such activities. If you are looking for a venue to host an event, here are a few tips.
- Carry a suitable first aid kit – This is especially pertinent when travelling to remote areas; the last thing you need is an injury when you are miles from a medical facility. If you search online, you can find travel first aid kits and you won’t regret ordering one, which is a wise thing to do as far as preparation goes.
- Wear shoes with grip – If you are planning to go hiking, it is important that your footwear has both good grip and some form of ankle support. Travelling can involve many forms of transportation and wearing the right shoes reduces the risk of a fall, especially in the wet.
- Take an A-Z supplement – When travelling to a foreign country, your diet will obviously vary and if you get into the habit of taking a supplement every morning, this should ensure that you don’t get run down. While this is recommended for those over 50s, if you are a regular traveller, taking a daily supplement at any age is a good idea.
You should always take out adequate insurance and do check the entry requirements if you are planning a trip to, say Thailand and you should be alert at all times when outside your regular environment.