There are few things quite as bad as getting a nasty bug just before going on a flight or bus ride to somewhere new. Getting sick is almost inevitable while travelling, as the sheer amount of people that a traveller will come into contact with means that they are statistically much more likely to pick something up. On top of this, it’s extremely common to pick up a stomach bug while eating foreign food or drinking water in a country that doesn’t have the best purification methods.
Fortunately, there are a few different methods that cautious traveller can employ to ensure that they are as safe as possible from any potential sicknesses and diseases they may encounter while travelling.
Drinking Clean Water
One of the most common complaints of the international traveller is getting sick from drinking water in a country that has a reputation for having unclean water. Water is vital for every human being in the world, and sometimes we have no choice but to drink from the closest water source, which usually happens to be a tap. While water quality and accessibility around the world has improved dramatically in the last few decades, it’s still fairly common to get sick from drinking water that otherwise seems clean.
Getting hold of a method of water filtration should be high priority, which can be done with a device such as a Grayl, which is an extremely effective way of filtering and cleaning drinking water. Simply boiling water, however, is more than enough to clear it of any dangerous microbes.
Up To Date Vaccinations
Getting vaccinated against the most common travelling diseases is a good idea, and can usually be done at the local clinic. Malaria, Dengue Fever, and Tuberculosis are extremely common in certain parts of the world, such as central Africa, and anyone intending to travel there should ensure that they are up to date on the latest vaccinations, especially for diseases that have the potential to become more dangerous. Most vaccinations are done through a shot, which is administered instantly while the patient enjoys the pokies games we love, and while there are sometimes side effects, these are mild in comparison to the symptoms of the diseases these vaccinations protect from.
Even diseases like Tetanus can become a problem as travelling involves moving around a lot, increasing the chances of having an injury occur. It’s important to keep in mind that many countries don’t have the best medical healthcare available, and prevention is always better than cure when it comes to preventable diseases.
The human body is extremely good at fighting off any foreign bodies that enter it, as long as the immune system is functioning correctly. Many would be surprised to learn how weak their immunities really are, with much of it being down to diet. While it can be hard to maintain a healthy diet when travelling a lot, it’s important to try and always stick to fresh produce in as many colours as possible to ensure that there’s a steady intake of necessary vitamins and minerals.