Travel Health And Safety Tips For Family

Post Last Modified – February 15, 2021

4 Simple Travel Health And Wellness Tips

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Something that has become more and more important over the years for my wife and I is maintaining good health.  This includes exercise and eating a proper diet, both at home and while away on holidays. In this brief article, I’ve selected 4 Simple Travel Health Tips – Good To Know for travelers of all ages.

We all like to let loose and enjoy ourselves while away on vacation, but at the same time, it is important to be aware of some of the more common travel health problems that we may encounter when away. Surprisingly, many of these health related ailments can be easily avoided.

I thought I would briefly outline some of these health issues and give you some tips on how to prevent and / or remedy them as well.  Here goes …

Tips For Staying Healthy Traveling Abroad

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Travel Health Tips # 1 – Drinking Water

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It goes without saying, and something most seasoned travelers know.  That is to Avoid Tap Water at all costs, unless you are absolutely certain the water is purified.  Just a small amount of contaminated water can cause the most of unpleasant symptoms.

  • Avoid even brushing your teeth with a small amount of water.
  • The same goes for ice cubes!
  • Drink bottled water at all times unless you are satisfied the water at your hotel, resort or cruise ship has been purified.

On a brighter note, it’s also important to drink plenty of water when traveling, especially during air travel as you will see below.  Be sure to check out my post here on The Benefits of Drinking Water, to learn more.

Drinking lots and lots of water will help keep you well hydrated, happy and healthy! 🙂

Stay Healthy While Traveling # 2 – Jet Lag And Your Health

Turkish Airlines Airplane

That dreaded Jet Lag can be a terrible nuisance for many, especially those traveling with children.  There are a few things that can help prevent or lessen the degree of jet lag when taking longer flights abroad.

Taking a few extra precautions can help you adjust more easily and painlessly upon arrival at your holiday destination.

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  •   Try to drink plenty of water during your flight.  Keeping yourself hydrated will make you feel much better and with more energy.  So when the flight attendants walk by offering water, be sure to grab a glass or two!

As well, drinking water will force you to get up and make your way to the restroom.  Keeping the blood circulating and walking around several times during a long flight is very important for your overall well being and health. A few extra tips during and after a long flight and adapting to your present surroundings include;

Upon arrival at your destination, try to adapt to the present time and not that of home.  Avoid naps at all costs, especially those with children, as they will tend to make you more tired!

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For adults, try to avoid alcohol or more than a drink or two during your flight.  Alcohol will make you drowsy and dehydrate you as well. 😥

If you can, eat as healthy as possible avoiding fatty foods as much as you can.  We always carry a few healthy snacks to carry us through our long flights.

These are just a couple of the more common health related problems you or a family member are likely to experience when traveling.  There are many other difficulties that may surface, such as unexpected minor or major injuries to a family member.

How To Stay Healthy While Traveling Abroad # 3 – Pack A Travel First Aid Kit

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It’s always important to carry a travel first aid kit with you at all times, for those minor unexpected nuisances.  Of course, purchasing travel medical insurance is a must! I’ve always said … “If You Can Afford To Travel, You Can Afford Travel Insurance.”

Be sure to check out my post on Packing A Travel First Aid KitThis detailed post will include some of the suggested things you should pack in your first aid kit, all recommended by well seasoned travelers and what we include in ours.

Tips For Healthy Travel # 4 – Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite

Hotel Bed Bugs

Unfortunately something that is becoming more and more common in hotels, resorts and other places, are those dreaded bed bugs!

When you arrive in your room for the night or your vacation, do not unpack your bags before checking the bedding!  You do not want these annoying bugs coming home with you! 😕 Trust me, we’ve had family members bring home these bugs and it cost them thousands to have their home fumigated as a result.

Bed bugs are very tiny parasitic creatures that thrive mostly in covered bedding, hence the name bed bugs.  They can easily get into your clothing and make their way home with you. These pests also bite and can cause irritating skin problems for many.

Check the bed area for tiny spots, under the bedding, even between the mattresses.  If you suspect any sign of bed bugs, request you be moved immediately to another room.

These nasty pests have ruined wonderful vacations for many people, especially small children! Nasty rashes and even infection can result for some people who have been bitten.

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Try to avoid leaving your luggage on the floor and open, where it’s easy for these bugs to get into. Keep your luggage closed and high and dry. This especially for backpackers staying in hostels.



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Travel Health Tips – Final Note

Be Aware Of What You Eat and Drink

“Select Your Food & Drink Carefully”

Without a doubt and probably the most common problem many travelers will encounter, and especially if traveling abroad is that dreaded  Montezuma’s Revenge.  Or more commonly known as the nasty symptoms of diarrhea. 🙁

Street Food Vendor in Thailand

Traveler’s diarrhea (TD) is a medical disorder resulting from a sanitation breakdown that eventually causes a bacterial contamination of drinking water and food.

In most cases thankfully, the symptoms are minor with annoying diarrhea cleared within a short time. In wrapping up here, drink plenty of purified or bottled water and be aware of what and where you are eating at all times.

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Doing these two simple things, will most certainly help ensure you and your travel companions stay as healthy!

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Below, I’ve included the Government of Canada Travel Health and Safety website link for your convenience. This page offers important updates and information on travel health risks and preventive measures to keep you as safe as possible when traveling. Excellent information for not just Canadians, but all those around the world!

🍁   Government of Canada Travel Health & Safety

Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂

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