Traveling comes with many health benefits – apart from all the fun and adventure. But at the same time, there are associated health risks if you ignore essential precautionary measures. This is especially true for people traveling internationally for the first time. Have you found yourself feeling sick during or after a recent trip? Here are some of the most frequent causes of travel sickness and how to avoid them.
- Train stations and airports can spread viruses
Whenever you find yourself in a queue at an airport or train station, humans are not the only ones being transported – these places are hotbeds of activity for viruses, too. For example, mass transit is the likeliest place to contract air-transmitted viruses and germs, as so many people are confined to a small space at the same time. To keep yourself safe, you should wear a mask, wash your hands often, and sanitize surfaces on and around your seat.
- Tap water can be unsafe
Although it is cheaper to carry your water bottle and fill it with tap water, that may not always be the safest option. In some cases, the water could be contaminated and cause illnesses or diarrhea. Foreigners are usually more vulnerable to tap water contamination as their bodies are not used to the strains of microbes in the water. You should do some research before traveling to know if the tap water in the country you’re heading to is safe.
- Fatigue and stress can take a toll
The last thing you want is to be stressed and fatigued when going on a trip, but this is often the case. From delayed flights to missing luggage, traveling can cause enough stress that it takes a toll on your body, and unfortunately, stress and fatigue have a way of adversely affecting our health. It is therefore vital to get the right immune system support before you set off. You can do this by taking essential vitamin supplements, drinking a lot of water, and getting as much rest as you can or at least finding activities along your travels that help you relax.
- Travel can change your medication routine
It is very easy to forget or skip your medication during a trip. Aside from the stress that traveling can put your body through and possible time differences, operating outside your daily routine can cause forgetfulness. Unfortunately, even skipping a single dose or failing to take a dose on time can be very problematic with certain medications. This is especially the case for medicines that can alter your immune system or immune function, such as immunosuppressants. To be on the safe side, consult your doctor before leaving if you are on regular medications that need to be taken at specific times. Also, always keep your drugs in your carry-on bags to have them with you at all times.
To enjoy your time away from home, consider these four causes and make attempts to protect yourself.