Home » Fitness News & Advice » 5 Tips For Avoiding Travel Illness

5 Tips For Avoiding Travel Illness

When you are travelling to another country, nothing can ruin a trip faster than travel illness. The good news is that if you follow these five simple travel rules, you can thwart illness and have an enjoyable trip…

1. Get your vaccinations updated

Often when we travel to other countries, we put ourselves at risk for certain diseases that are not common at home, but are rampant in the region we’re visiting. That’s why it’s wise to protect yourself a vaccination for preventable diseases—such as malaria, hepatitis, and dengue fever—if they exist in the region you plan to visit.

2. Frequently wash your hands

The easiest way to spread germs is via hand/nose to mouth contact. And your hands will certainly come into contact with various foreign germs as well as the common flu or cold while you travel. Washing your hands before you touch your face or consume food or drink will keep germs at bay.

3. Don’t drink tap water

A tried and true rule when travelling, drinking bottled water vs. tap water –especially in developing countries—will keep you from ingesting harmful microorganisms that may cause a parasite or bacterial waterborne illness. Only drink water that’s been boiled first—so coffee and tea is OK.

4. Don’t wear yourself out

When we travel, we often wear ourselves out trying to see and do everything. However, adequate rest will keep your immune system strong and prevent you from becoming susceptible to illnesses.

5. Avoid street meat

And by that I mean all ethnic foods prepared in a cart. Sure, that burrito may look delectable, but your body isn’t accustomed to the traditional food of the region and you will likely end up with a bout of nasty traveler’s diarrhea or tummy troubles as a result.

Source: StudentNews.ie



We Recommend

More on ActiveBeat
  • 10 Causes of Elevated Liver Enzymes
    Elevated liver enzymes are a marker of inflammation or damage to liver cells.  Inflamed or injured liver cells cause the liver enzymes alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate...
    Fitness News & Advice
  • 14 Big Exercise Myths Busted
    Exercise is something we hear a lot about from medical professionals and the media, but how much of it is true?
    Fitness News & Advice
  • 12 Core Reasons to Strengthen Your Core Muscles
    You often hear a lot about people training to strengthen their core, but what does this actually mean? Working the core is about more than just getting rock-hard abs.
    Fitness News & Advice
  • 12 Health Benefits of Pilates
    It's the workout routine that's taken the world by storm in recent years: pilates. Viewed from the outside it appears like some kind of twist on yoga, which is also designed to...
    Fitness News & Advice
  • 12 Tips to Sidestep Fitness Injuries
    No matter how hard you train, not doing it properly is likely going to give you more problems than benefits.
    Fitness News & Advice
  • 12 Ways to Make Exercise Stick While You're Sick
    If you're feeling under the weather, the default teaching is that you should stay at home, rest, and take it easy.
    Fitness News & Advice
  • Go The Distance With These 12 Tips for Running Your First Marathon
    So you've decided you want to run a marathon – perhaps some of your friends have done it, or you just want to push your own limits.
    Fitness News & Advice
  • 12 Ways Spinning Can Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals
    It's no secret that spinning has taken the fitness world by storm in recent years, and for good reason: unlike many intense cardiovascular activities, like running or playing...
    Fitness News & Advice
  • 14 Natural Ways to Stay Alert
    When you feel a bit foggy during the day, chances are your first solution is to reach for a strong coffee or tea to get a caffeine kick.
    Fitness News & Advice
  • 12 Reasons to Try Bodyweight Exercises
    Many people looking to lose weight, gain muscle strength, or simply feel better physically and mentally through physical exercise make the decision to join a gym.
    Fitness News & Advice
  • 12 Benefits of Group Exercise Classes
    Working out can be hard, especially if it means getting up early in the morning or hitting the gym after a long day at work.
    Fitness News & Advice
  • 12 Strength-Building Exercises for Women Over 50
    It's no secret that staying lean and physically fit can become a much tougher challenge with age.
    Fitness News & Advice
  • 14 Funniest Fitness Fads of all Time
    We've all seen those late-night (or daytime) infomercials for the newest fitness gadget or routine that's supposed to make you look like an athlete overnight.
    Fitness News & Advice
  • 12 Health Benefits of Swimming
    So, you're not really into running -- maybe you have a lower-body injury or perhaps you just don't enjoy doing it as a physical activity -- and you don't own a bike and you aren't...
    Fitness News & Advice
  • Working Out 12 Facts About Overtraining Syndrome
    When it comes to hitting the gym, we're told it's a good idea – but how often? There's a healthy level, and then there's the point where it can actually start doing yourself more...
    Fitness News & Advice