5 WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY ASHORE
BEFORE YOU GO Make sure your immunizations are up to date for the destinations you’re visiting and have a flu jab if you’re flying anywhere. Ask your doctor or local travel clinic for advice. Travel insurance with good medical cover is essential.
PACK FACE MASKS, WIPES, AND HAND SANITIZER: These are useful when soap and water aren’t available. Keeping your hands clean helps prevent the spread of germs and bacteria – and it should go without saying that you wash or clean your hands before eating and after using the toilet. Most destinations will require some type of face covering in 2021.
PROTECT AGAINST BURNS AND BITES: Remember you can get sunburnt on cloudy days in hot countries; wear a hat, apply SPF30 sunscreen and reapply after swimming. Use a personal insect repellent to protect against mosquitoes and other biting insects – bites can cause a range of nasty illnesses or infections.
HYDRATE: Keep up your water intake when out and about especially in hot climes; symptoms of dehydration include headaches, dizziness and exhaustion, none of which you want to interfere with your precious holiday.
WATCH WHAT YOU EAT: Keep it light. Undercooked seafood and unwashed vegetables and fruit could put you at risk for gastroenteritis, hepatitis A and even typhoid. Tap water in some countries can make you ill; BYO bottled water (in a refillable bottle) and don’t have ice in your drinks.