When traveling to a country you have never visited before, you will experience new cultures, try new foods, and push beyond your normal every day comfort zones. With a completely new atmosphere and so many new things to try, we put ourselves in a position where we are more likely to get sick or have an accident. Not only do we need to be healthy before travel plans, but it is important to maintain your health by doing certain things throughout your trip to ensure the best time possible. Here are some tips that will be sure to help keep you safe and healthy while traveling abroad!

Check for vaccinations.

Before any trip, always contact a family doctor or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to see if there are any necessary vaccinations you need to get before you leave. While many diseases many not be a normal concern for you at home, the prevalence of serious diseases such as Measles, Polio, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis, and Typhoid fever can be high depending on the region which you are traveling to. It is always better to be safe than sorry and receive all the immunizations you could possibly need.

Watch what you eat/drink.

One of the most common ways that people ruin their vacation is by getting sick from contracting a food borne illness. If you are ever in doubt, avoid uncooked foods and anything that might contain tap water, including fountain drinks and ice. If you have to question if food is fresh or not, don’t take the risk. Also make sure to boil water before drinking or washing if you are visiting and area where the water is not treated.

Use sun protection.

While on vacation, many of us spend a great deal of time outside in the sun. It is extremely important to apply sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF or higher, several times a day. Not protecting yourself from the sun can lead to sun burn, sun poisoning, and can even lead to skin cancer. Sun burn can put a damper on your trip by making you feel uncomfortable, sick, and can keep you from getting involved with activities throughout the rest of your trip.

Protect your immune system.

When you are away from home and thrown in a situation where you are around many people at once, and in an atmosphere you have never experienced, your body is being put through a lot of stress. It is important to keep small, everyday health habits in check even while you are away such as taking multivitamins daily and washing your hands frequently. Steps as simple as these can save your whole vacation from being ruined.

Do you have any tips to keep you and your travel companions healthy during a trip?