Monday November 28, 2016
Travelling the world is the perfect way to experience new cultures and broaden your knowledge. It is also a great way to expose yourself to new diseases and medical challenges – but we don’t think that should stop wanderlust in its tracks! All it takes is a bit of preparation. Read on to find out how you can minimise the risk of falling ill on your travels, and how to reduce the chance of complications should it happen.
Reduce Your Risk Before You Travel
Do your research and speak to your GP. There are vaccines and medications available that protect against a huge range of illnesses, and promote good health during and after your travels. It is also wise to be up to date with any new health issues that may be emerging in the areas where you are travelling and research latest recommendations for avoiding specific illnesses. Use the Your Trip Planner for destination specific advice.
Watch Out For Food and Waterborne Diseases
Hepatitis A, Typhoid Fever and Cholera are amongst the nasties that can affect the more adventurous traveller, but even travelling to another developed country brings risk of illness from bacteria in food and drink. Good hygiene is your first line of defence to avoid stomach upsets and diarrhoea. Always wash your hands, and always use a hand sanitiser. Other good tips include:
- Say no to ice in your drink – ice actually preserves germs, it doesn’t kill them.
- Drink bottled water where possible – always check it is sealed.
- Avoid uncooked food you can’t peel – and only eat it if you know it has been washed in safe water.
It’s not always easy to access safe water while travelling, so it is wise to take supplies that can make any available water safe to drink. Biox Aqua tablets and drops kill bacteria, viruses and cysts in the water – essential if you are planning to visit the more remote places on the planet! It works immediately, lasts for 24 hours, and is perfect for treating water sourced from rivers, wells and taps.
Avoid Diseases from Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are responsible for spreading some pretty nasty diseases, such as malaria, dengue, yellow fever, and the Zika virus, to name just a few. These diseases can be debilitating and life threatening – not the kind of souvenir you want from a trip around the world! While you may be able to access medication to prevent illness, or reduce its impact, it is also wise to take precautions and avoid getting bitten in the first place.
- Mosquito repellent is essential – make sure you get the right one! Insect repellent sprays are available in a range of strengths to suit varying environmental conditions. Trek 100 and Trek Ultra for example are high strength DEET formulas that can be used in extreme tropical conditions such as the jungle. DEET-free repellants are available that are suitable for children, and pregnant travellers, or those with sensitive skin.
- Mosquito nets are also essential – make sure they are impregnated with repellent. Zi Technology Fabric Impregnation using long lasting Permethrin, ensures that any mosquitoes that try to get to you are killed on contact. This technology is used across our range of mosquito nets, which include pop-up nets, box nets, and cot nets.
Reduce The Risk Of Infections From An Injury
In humid and tropical climates, wounds can quickly become infected. In remote regions medical supplies can be few and far between, and may not be sterile when you do find them. Some very solid reasons why you should always carry a sterile medical pack, and “giving kit”. Medical packs include a variety of needles, syringes, swabs and dressings for use by experienced medics and IV equipment for administering solutions. This is your peace of mind if you need medical assistance. You should also pack a first aid kit that contains basics such as plasters, antiseptic spray and painkillers.
Make Sure You Have Adequate Travel Insurance
Getting the right travel insurance is just as important as packing a medical kit - it is vital to your health and wellbeing. It is the one thing that can get you back home, and receiving the treatment you need, should things not go to plan while you are away.
WorldwideInsure.com recommend that you check your travel insurance is both adequate and appropriate. “Make sure your policy covers medical expenses, repatriation, and legal expenses for the area you are visiting and for the activities you will be doing.”
If you’d like any advice on packing the right insect repellents, medical kits or mosquito nets for your next adventure, get in touch with us – we’ll be happy to help you choose the right products!