Health Tips for a Traveling Family

Research your destination Find out if your destination requires additional vaccinations, or if there are certain health risks you need to be aware of. For instance, there are places in Asia where you need to load up on insect repellants to avoid dengue or malaria. There are also destinations where you have to be more […]

  • November 13, 2019

Research your destination

Find out if your destination requires additional vaccinations, or if there are certain health risks you need to be aware of. For instance, there are places in Asia where you need to load up on insect repellants to avoid dengue or malaria. There are also destinations where you have to be more careful with what you eat and drink to avoid traveler’s diarrhea or food poisoning.

Get insured

travel insurance

You might already be paying for health insurance with good coverage or benefits, but they don’t necessarily translate to travel insurance. Double check with your insurance provider if you need to top up or get a different package to cover any event of serious injury or illness while on the road.

Pack a medical kit

medical-kit

Make sure it includes the basics: first aid items like bandaids and antiseptic wipes; and medicine such as painkillers, antihistamines, loperamide and anti-nausea pills. It might also be necessary to pack certain medicines if your children are particular about the flavor or taste of the medicine. Bring plastic bags in case one of you feels sick while traveling.

Take note of important details

Put together a file with your family’s medical information, including blood types, allergies and medication details.

Bring snacks and H20

snacks

Healthy snacks such as cereal bars, dried or fresh fruits and soda crackers are lightweight options that still pack a punch. Food vendors will most likely climb aboard trains or buses to tempt you with other snacks but there’s no guarantee it will be safe or clean to eat. Stick to bottled water as tap water from other countries might not be safe to drink.

Sanitize when needed

sanitize

Make it a habit to clean surfaces, like the tray table or the seat handles, with an antibacterial wipe. Teach your kids the importance of using hand sanitizer after using the toilet and before eating.

Minimize sun exposure

The sun is at its worst between 10am to 4pm, so make sure everyone in the family is slathered with sunscreen during this period. If you can sneak in a break after lunch, you can hit two birds with one stone: an escape from the brunt of the harsh sun and an opportunity to refresh and recharge.

Observe food prep

food-prep-street-food

One of the exciting things to do when traveling is learning about culture through local food. Check if the food stall or the restaurant serves fresh food and if visible, if their prepping area is in good, sanitary conditions. A long line of locals will also mean a high turnover of food, meaning the dishes are served fresh and hot as the orders come along.

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