Healthy Travel Tips
There’s a saying that travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo. When you think of island travel you don’t usually think of the hives. But you do if you are me and traveled to one of your favorite vacations spots without Benadryl. A delicious bite of seafood turned into a night of raging hives from an allergic reaction. I was able to get my vacation back on track after my hubby hunted down some Benadryl.
Whether you are going to grandma’s house or a tropical destination there are some common travel troubles that you can minimize if prepared. The most common health problems associated with travel are jet lag, altitude sickness and diarrhea. You can actually treat most things that come your way if you are proactive, prepare and pack some essentials.
Healthy Travel Essentials:
Be sure to pack these items:
- Pepto Bismol
- Tylenol for kids and adults
- Hydrocortisone Cream
- Cold Medication for Cough and Cold
- Remember not to check any important medications if traveling by plane bring them in your carry on luggage.
- Insect repellent
- Lip balm
- Nail clippers
- Hand wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Scissors (In checked luggage)
Be sure to:
- Drink plenty of bottled water. Avoid ice and go for name brand bottled water when traveling. Drinking water can help combat dehydration which is a common symptom of altitude sickness. Traveler's diarrhea, known as turista, often occurs when a foreign type of bacteria enters your digestive tract, usually when you eat contaminated food or water. The best way to prevent turista is to be very careful of the food you eat and the water you drink on the road. When traveling overseas or to areas known for it, eating steaming-hot, well-cooked food is usually safest. Use bottled water when you brush your teeth.
- If traveling overseas get immunizations or vaccinations 6 weeks ahead of time.
- One of the healthiest things you can do is to be sure to have fun!