Health Tips for Travelers
Planning a trip to a far-flung, exotic locale? Mills-Peninsula’s Jean Borella, R.N., BSN, offers these tips for a safe, healthy journey.
“The risk of having a traffic-related accident in developing countries is higher than all the other health risks combined,” Borella says.
- Stay alert and be sure to check that your chosen mode of transportation has safety features such as seat belts.
- Invest in traveler’s evacuation insurance, particularly if the region you are visiting is not equipped to respond to emergency health issues.
Food and Water
Food poisoning is a particular concern in developing countries, where water quality and sanitary conditions can be poor. Use these guidelines to stay safe.
- Eat only well-cooked food served hot.
- Avoid dairy products because of unreliable refrigeration.
- Avoid salad and other raw produce; raw produce may have been washed in unsanitary water.
- Avoid all melons and peeled fruit. Instead, buy whole fruit, then rinse with bottled water and peel it yourself.
- Drink only bottled water. Avoid drinks with ice.
- Consume one to two tabs of Pepto-Bismol before each meal to lessen chances of travelers’ diarrhea.
Vaccinations and Medicine
- Be sure you get the proper vaccinations for your destination well in advance of your trip. Mills-Peninsula’s Travel Medicine Program can help you prepare.
- If you take prescription medication, pack an ample supply in the original container to avoid potential problems when going through customs.