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We all love travelling, yet it invokes a certain fear in most of us. Getting sick in an alien field is alarming. Food poisoning, common colds… the list scares us because it is relatively common to get sick during travel.
Why does a vacation become a center for illness? While traveling, people tend to be more daring and try things that they would not do habitually, such as trying plenty of new food, doing too many activities, and engaging in situations that can put them at risk of getting ill.
Between unfamiliar environments to unfamiliar meals, travelers often find that their immune systems are down ruining their trip, but you can do a lot to reduce your risk of illness…
- It’s advisable to get a flu shot before you start your trip. It is one of the best ways to reduce your chances of getting the flu. You must also not forget to bring some medicine from home that you are familiar with and that you know works. Ensure that you pack prescription medication, medicine for digestive issues, cough and cold medicine, pain medication, antibiotic cream and plasters. It’s much more convenient than going from drug store to drug store on foreign soil, looking for familiar drugs.
- If you are planning a long vacation, definitely your bags can be heavy. You must always ask for help with your bags instead of lifting and carrying the whole lot around, which might cause aches and pains even before you reach your destination. Especially if you’re traveling with heavy bags, ask for a hand to avoid injuring yourself.
- Protecting yourself from the sun is also important. You must not forget to wear sunscreen and a hat during the highest sun hours to prevent sunstroke and burns. Ensure you apply sunscreen every couple of hours. Too much time in the sun can lead to nausea, vomiting, headache, light-headedness, and muscle cramps.
- We all know the importance of hand-washing. You must pay particular attention to this during a trip. Make sure to wash your hands properly. The most common way to pass germs is through touching objects with germs on them or being in contact with someone who is sick. When using common bathrooms, it’s advisable to use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and avoid touching other commonly-touched items like door handles if possible. Always be mindful of what you’re touching. If you’re touching door handles or tables, make sure to properly wash your hands right after. If you don’t have access to a sink and soap, you can use hand sanitizer or you can use disinfectant wipes to stay clean.
- Full itineraries leave little room for rest, so it’s important to pace yourself. Get enough sleep before and during your trip. Our bodies remarkably restore themselves during sleep. When you are sleep-deprived, the body’s defense mechanism weakens.
- Protect yourself against insect bites. Insects can spread all types of diseases. Protect yourself by using insect repellents and sleeping with mosquito nets, and make sure you apply bug spray every couple of hours to renew its impact.
- Stick to a nutritious diet, maintaining good health while you travel. Especially if you have a weak stomach, it’s advisable to avoid street food in a strange country, however tempting it might be. Also, raw and peeled fruits and vegetables, undercooked meats, some seafood which might cause food allergies, are also better to be avoided.
Almost all hotels in Colombo can offer medical assistance to you and your party at any time. If you are feeling unwell in any way or form, we urge you to contact the front office who will be more than willing to help you out.