Indeed, traveling is enjoyable for some especially if you’ve got everything planned out. But even if you do, there’s still a certain obscurity in traveling than can sometimes wear the most seasoned travelers out – like getting sick for example.
The last thing you want from a well-planned, long-overdue travel is to rush to an inadequate clinic in the middle of nowhere and feel extremely ill and hopeless.
In case you’re about to embark on an exciting trip somewhere; get ahold of these top 10 travel health problems you might encounter and how you can handle them to have an epic excursion.
I know people might travel to relieve their stress from work’s hustle and bustle but traveling is extremely tiring too. Sitting on the plane for hours, rushing from one place to another, being in noisy places – all these are physically and mentally draining.
Rest is the only cure for fatigue. Take a nap and don’t cramp up your itinerary.
- Muscle Pain and Inflammation
Traveling can involve walking for hours on end. Walking is actually a nice exercise but if you’re carrying a heavy backpack, it can be a huge load on your shoulders…literally and figuratively. Also, if you’re wearing the wrong shoes and outfit, those will be a hassle too.
Take time to stretch before you hit the ground running the whole day. Take some Ibuprofen or some anti-inflammatory superfoods like turmeric.
They say to never eat dirty street food when traveling but where’s the fun in that? Traveling should be about exploring new horizons and cultures. But if you easily get an upset stomach, maybe it’s good advice to steer clear of street food.
Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration. You may also buy some over-the-counter medicines like antibiotics and rest.
- Motion Sickness
If you constantly have trouble with motion sickness from never-ending movements of buses, trains, planes, boats, or any type of rides for that matter; I know how distressing it can be. This is due to the inner ear disturbance and some even go as far as nausea or vomiting en route.
The first thing you should do is look outside the moving vehicle and focus your gaze on the horizon. You can also keep your eyes closed and nap during the whole trip while opening the window to get some fresh air.
If you bring the wrong type of shoes; you’re going to be doomed for the rest of your trip. Blisters are from the friction and heat. Also, it’s a no-no to wear a new pair of shoes when traveling. Get used to them first before taking them for a ride.
Wear comfortable shoes, of course! Leave your high heels and ballet flats at home for now. In case you do get blisters, buy skin moisturizers and apply them on the blistered area, then cover with a pad to protect from the shoe’s rim.
- Skin Infections
When going for a backcountry adventure, it’s almost always inevitable to get cuts and bruises from God knows where. These cuts may often lead to minor or major infections when not taken care of. Take note of telltale signs like swelling or pus discharge as these may be more serious.
An antibacterial topical cream is a must-bring when traveling. Clean your wound with soap and water twice a day and apply the cream.
Mosquitos, especially those that transmit dangerous diseases, are ubiquitous in Central and South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. The other diseases are dengue, West Nile virus, encephalitis, and yellow fever.
It’s better to be safe than sorry so get vaccinated before your trip. Cover up and wear protective clothing especially in the outback. Slather some mosquito repellents all over your body.
- Bad Sunburns
I don’t mean the minor sunburns you get from sunbathing for a couple of minutes. The sun can be really harsh in some countries like in the Middle East for example.
Never forget to put on sunblock before going out of your hotel and moisturize before you hit the sack.
- Coughs and Colds
It’s pretty common to get these from viruses anywhere. You’ll experience a runny nose, minor fever, and muscle pains.
Just stay hydrated and take some medications. Resting can also help a lot.
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Traveling can involve lots of activities and that includes sex. The more promiscuous travelers might even have several partners in a one-week span. Syphilis, herpes, and gonorrhea are just a few of the common infections of STD.
Well, there’s really no other piece of advice I can say except – wear a condom for Christ’s sake!
There you have it. Now that you’re equipped with tips on how to handle some common travel health problems, make sure that you bring all the necessary medications, creams, or tools in your first-aid kit. A pro traveler will always be prepared like a good scout. Don’t let these health issues throw cold water on your exciting adventure.
Author Bio: Sarah Brooks is a passionate travel & outdoor blogger who loves to travel and write about her experience. She spends her free time hiking, swimming, camping and spending time with her family. She also blogs at GearJunior which is a site filled with outdoor tips and guides.