Travelling abroad is an exciting experience, and sometimes we get so caught up in the excitement that we forget about the important steps to take to ensure our journey is a healthy one. There are some important things to consider when travelling, especially when it comes to your health. To get you on your way, here are some tips you should read before you travel abroad:
Get travel vaccinations prior to leaving
Making sure you see a doctor will give you that extra peace of mind before travelling abroad. Letting your doctor know where you're going and extra travel details will allow them to decide if you need a travel vaccination. There are a lot of diseases which are not common in Australia, so it's best to double check to be safe than sorry! Make sure you get in a few weeks before leaving, as some vaccinations may have a schedule.
Use good hygiene
Travelling means coming into contact with other people and nasty bacteria. This is when good hygiene comes in to play. Washing your hands after eating, coughing or sneezing, coming into contact with railings or people, after the toilet etc will give you that extra step to barricade yourself against potential illness. No one likes to get sick when travelling!
Take out travel health insurance
You never know what can happen when you're overseas, and taking out a health travel insurance as part of a comprehensive travel insurance policy could potentially save your life or give you a heck of a lot of assistance at the worst of times. This not only covers you for illness, but also for lost luggage, cancellations and more. This is an absolute saviour!
Pack a medical kit
Having a First Aid kit on hand is super handy, especially when it has exactly what you need. Pack insect repellent, Band-Aids, cold & flu tablets, painkillers, bandages, motion sickness tablets, antibacterial cream and more. Ensure you cover all bases so you're prepared for anything that comes your way. This saves you running to the closest pharmacy, especially if you can't speak the language where you're travelling to!
Keep up your fluids and exercise leg muscles
Skip the coffee and alcohol and stay hydrated with water during your flight. This will help you avoid a whole lot of discomfort. Even soft drinks can cause bloating, making your journey quite uncomfortable. When it comes to long haul flights, not only do you want to keep your fluids up, but you also want to make sure you're doing in-flight exercises. Walk up and down the cabin, stretch your legs as best as you can. There's a whole lot of exercises you can do from your seat!
Get travel-ready by booking in to see one of the friendly doctors at Health HQ Quality Caring. You can book your appointment by calling (07) 5526 4444