On any trip, one of the main concerns people have is staying healthy. This is particularly true on international trips where climate and local cuisines may differ from those at home and exact a toll. There are some tips on staying healthy that all travelers should follow once on the trip. However, the tip that will bring the greatest peace of mind is something that should be done before leaving: look into purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance covering an international trip can prevent a great trip from turning into a problem. For reducing stress, nothing beats the knowledge that travelers have financial protection from medical expenses while abroad. Do research on the Internet or talk to an insurance agent before departing, and once in Asia, follow some of these tips to stay well.
Be Sure to Wash Hands
In the rush of traveling and seeing the sights, it’s easy to forget this. Hands carry germs and need to be washed often on a trip. Most people can remember to wash their hands before and after a meal. What gets forgotten is to wash them often in between eating. For times when soap isn’t available, carry an antibacterial gel and use it after taking public transportation, shaking hands or similar activities. Just remembering to wash hands more often than at home can go a long way toward staying healthy while in Asia.
After long plane rides, people usually arrive in Asia dehydrated. Make it a point to stay hydrated. Depending upon the country and season, travelers may encounter high heat and humidity. it’s easy to forget to drink enough water to compensate for sweating as well as the increased activity of a trip. The safest bet when abroad is either bottled or purified water. If a cold drink is preferred, avoid ice as that may be made from tap water. Keeping hydrated maintains the body’s balance of electrolytes and helps the immune system.
Carry Insect Repellant and Use It
it’s good to avoid insect bites anywhere but particularly in tropical countries. Many diseases are transmitted by ticks and other biting insects like mosquitoes. People who don’t want to put the repellant on their skin can spray it lightly on clothes for protection.
Bring a Small First Aid Kit
Before leaving, put together a mini travel kit to bring. Pack inside some common over-the-counter medications for fever, pain, diarrhea and constipation. Toss in motion sickness pills and some band aids. Taking care of small problems immediately can keep them from mushrooming.
Following some simple steps can keep travelers healthy while in Asia. Having travel insurance can protect them from unforeseen medical problems and expenses.