The 'world is your oyster' or so the saying goes, and yet the wrong oyster can sometimes play havoc with your digestion system.
While an upset stomach is almost standard fare when venturing further afield, it isn't the only bug waiting for you. With typhoid, malaria and the likes still causing so much grief in many parts of the world, the seasoned traveler should take every possible precaution to stay healthy and fit.
Ensuring the health of your traveling party should be your primary concern when preparing for your trip. While it is impossible to be ready for every event, there are certain measures that can be taken to give you the best possible support whether in the UK or abroad:
Ensure you have received the necessary vaccinations and collected any medication needed for your trip. It is best to arrange an appointment with a travel clinic 6-8 weeks before your departure date as they will also give you more detailed advice that you might not have been aware of.
It is a good idea to carry a record of your various jabs and medication info. This could be invaluable to other doctors in case of emergencies.
It's a good idea to have that dental check-up you've been putting off, and sorting out any other medical issue, before setting off on your travels. You can never be sure that you will be near adequate medical attention while traveling.
Remember to take the First Aid Kit. This should include: Band-Aids, tape, scissors, antiseptic wipes, sunscreen, anti-diarrheals, insect repellent, sterile kit and oral hydration packets.
Double check your medical travel insurance.
Once you have arrived in your destination be sure to allow sufficient time to acclimatise to your surroundings. Different environments, coupled with jet-lag, can often lead to disorientation and it is important you give yourself enough time to readjust.
You should familiarise yourself with the health risks that are prevalent to your destination. This is over and above information on food issues (eating out, food preparation etc)