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 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.
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 if you’re in a mosquito habitat – bites can cause a range of nasty illnesses.
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.