Most people do not have problems when traveling by air. In this article, Travel Advice Pages offers the following tips to help you stay healthy and comfortable when traveling to other countries.
Before you travel.
Plan ahead and see your doctor to check any vaccinations you may require. Remember that certain vaccines require six weeks to reach full protection. To avoid potential problems on a long trip, a medical and dental check up is a good idea.
Check the small print on your health insurance policy. Apart from possible treatment fees, medical evacuation is a very expensive item. EU citizens should obtain the required documentation to obtain free emergency aid within the EU Zone.
Pack sufficient medication in your carry-on luggage for the entire trip (plus a contingency in case your return is delayed) Include the names and dosages of the medication and a contact telephone number for your home doctor.If you suffer from conditions such as diabetes or epilepsy, carry some form of notification and identification card.
In the air
Even the most healthy can suffer on long flights with blood clots in the lower legs (Deep Vein Thrombosis) Try to walk periodically in the aircraft unless advised not to by the crew. Exercise your calf muscles and joints while sitting and possibly wear suitable stockings which are now obtainable at most airport shops. The air in aircraft is dry, so stick to non-alcoholic, decaffeinated beverages and water to avoid dehydration.
Remember you should not be flying within 12-24 hours after scuba or other forms of diving.
At your destination
Depending on your destination jet lag may cause problems. In my personal experience there was no complete cure for this condition. However, here are some suggestions:
Get plenty of sleep prior to travel
Avoid an excess of alcohol
Exercise as much as possible
Do not use sleeping tablets more than a few days
Adjust to the new time zone by observing local meal and sleeping times
If necessary, your doctor can prescribe anti malaria tablets for certain countries.
Particularly in Africa, avoid swimming in freshwater streams and lakes. Bilharzia is not a pleasant disease
Finally, the most common holiday complaint is the dreaded travelers diarrhea. Often referred to as Singapore Screamers, Delhi Belly, Tunisian Trots and so on.
Unless advised otherwise, do not drink or brush your teeth in tap water
Do not drink bottled water if the seal on the bottle is broken
Do not have ice in drinks unless you are sure it was made from purified water
Avoid un-pasteurised milk or dairy products
Only eat fruit and vegetables if they can be peeled
Avoid lettuce or other leafy raw vegetables
Do not eat raw or under cooked meat or fish
Do not eat from street vendors.
The good news is that most attacks will stop after 4-5 days even without treatment. Drink plenty of clear liquids to replace lost fluids. A doctor can prescribe suitable medication.
Simple and sensible precautions will ensure you have an enjoyable holiday without any of the above problems. Travel Advice Pages wishes you Bon Voyage.