How to Travel Safely

Here are a few tips that should keep you happy and healthy whether you are frolicking on a Mexican beach, climbing mountains in Nepal or presenting a business plan in Hong Kong.

Staying healthy during your travels requires that you use common sense, follow reasonable precautions with respect to food and water and become knowledgeable of the health risks in the countries on your itinerary.


If your family doctor is not familiar with travel medicine, book an appointment with your local travel immunization clinic. Travel health experts will tell you what immunizations you need and what antimalarial or antidiarrheal medication you should take with you.

Some immunization series take many weeks to complete so book your appointment at least two months before your departure.  Carry a copy of your immunization records with you during your travels.

Look into medical insurance plans. It’s a must.

Insect repellent

Travellers should also protect themselves from insects and take mosquitoes seriously. Many potentially serious diseases are transmitted by insects. Diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and encephalitis are transmitted by mosquitoes.  A good insect repellent, containing DEET, long pants and sleeves and mosquito netting for the sleeping area all provide important protection.

Avoid bare feet

Proper footwear can protect the traveller from cuts and reduce the risk of tetanus (lockjaw) infection.

Emergency care in foreign countries for serious cuts could not only mean exposure to contaminated needles but in turn put you at serious risk of contracting HIV, Hepatitis B and the Hepatitis C virus.

If choosing to walk bare foot, there also exists the possibility of picking up bacteria and infections from direct skin contact with sand or soil contaminated by dog or cat excrement.

Drink only bottled or boiled water.  Be careful of Ice Cubes.

Contaminated water is one of the leading causes of diarrhea. Drinking only bottled or boiled water and carbonated beverages is the best way to avoid this condition.

Water can be purified with a variety of chemical disinfectants or portable purifiers.

A word of warning – a Five Star hotel is not necessarily a guarantee of a safe water source.

Well Cooked

Make certain your food (pork and seafood) is well cooked and still hot when served. This will save your digestive tract from upset and infections.

Avoid Milk

Milk products should be avoided unless they are pasteurized.

Prescription Drugs

Carry an adequate supply of prescription medications to last for the duration of your trip.

Prescription drugs should be carried in their original containers with proper labels. Keep a record of your medications with the trade name of the drug as well as its generic name.

Take your anti-malarial medications as recommended. Also be mindful of the risk of acquiring AIDS, Hepatitis B and C from sexual contacts, unsterile injections or blood transfusions or tattooing.

Swim at your own risk

Stay out of slow-moving fresh water lakes or rivers. These waters may harbour parasites that can cause a worm infection called Bilharzia. Ask before you swim or use the ocean or chlorinated pools for a healthy swim.

Road Safety

Motor vehicle accidents are the major cause of accidental death in travellers.

Since rules of the road are not obeyed or non-existent in most developing countries you should avoid riding on a motorcycle, driving at night in rural areas and traveling in overcrowded or poorly-maintained vehicles.

Travel safe.

Published in: on January 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm  Comments (4)  

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