Stay healthy while travelling

 Stay healthy on vacation so you can spend your time sightseeing, not lying in a clinic! Follow these tips to increase your chances of avoiding illness while on holiday.

 Tips for travelers:

  • Vaccines

You may need vaccines or booster shots for diseases, such as yellow fever, typhoid, polio, hepatitis, tetanus, H1N1 or influenza. (Some countries won’t let you in unless you’ve had your shots.) To learn what you need, check out the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  • Other factors to consider

Different climates and exposure to disease-transmitting insects such as mosquitoes. Protect yourself against West Nile virus, dengue fever, African trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness) and other diseases. Visit your doctor or a travel medicine clinic.

  • Hydration

Your body needs water for optimal health, so stay hydrated — especially on planes, where the air is dry, and in hot climates. Before you leave home, check to see if you’ll need water purification tablets and if the water is safe to drink at your destination, to avoid waterborne diseases caused by bacteria, viruses and micro-organisms.


  • Handwashing

Frequent handwashing is the best defense against germs. Don’t forget your good handwashing habits just because you’re away from home (and remind your kids too). For a refresher, read this factsheet from Health Canada.

  • Food

When I go on vacation, the first thing on my mind is food, especially when visiting foreign countries and cultures. But it’s easy to overdo it; our stomachs can be sensitive to new foods. Jet lag can affect the digestive system, and in some destinations, there is a greater risk of foodborne illness. Do your research and pack antacids and other remedies. Avoid the temptation to eat tons of junk food and processed snacks, and don’t drink excessively. Be sure to eat fresh fruits and veggies for the vitamins and antioxidents to boost your immune system.

Build adequate rest time into your itinerary so you don’t get run down and vulnerable to illness. While travelling, it’s tempting to just go, go, go and see everything, but this can take a toll on the body. Don’t ignore fatigue.

As the festive season approaches and vacations are being booked stay healthy while travelling by following these tips and increase your chances of a successful and healthy trip.


What tips do you have for staying safe and healthy while travelling? Share them here.


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