How to Avoid Getting Sick During Your Travels

You’ve spent months planning your dream trip and at last, you are finally in your destination. Your trip is going even better than you had anticipated, and you really are having the time of your life until…[cue vomiting noises here].

It’s time to face the facts: it is very common to get sick while travelling in another country. There are several types of illnesses one can contract for various reasons, the most common being travellers’ diarrhea. This type of illness may not sound as serious as other travel related illnesses such as malaria or typhoid, but in fact can be just as deadly. Traveller’s diarrhea is easier spread though person-to-person or by consuming contaminated food or water. The poorer the standard of hygiene and sanitation is in the places you’re eating, the more likely you are to contract this ugly illness.

So, how can you avoid traveller’s diarrhea?

There are several types of medication out there that you can take with you on your trip to both prevent and cure traveller’s diarrhea. On all of my travels, I bring antibiotics (which are prescribed by my doctor), Imodium (which you can get over the counter) and oral rehydration salts. There are also other over the counter drugs such as Travelan which you start taking 48 hours before and throughout your entire trip to help protect you against traveller’s diarrhea before it even starts. I have yet to try Travelan, but would love to hear if any of you have tried it.

There are also other ways to avoid travellers’ diarrhea and other illnesses during your travels. In the above video, I share my tips and advice on how to avoid getting sick so that you can enjoy each day of your travels to the fullest and skip the whole vomiting and diarrhea part.

Here are the key points I cover in the above video:

1. Avoid drinking tap water at all costs. Bring a water pump with you and filter your own water.

2. Avoid eating meat.

3. Don’t over do it with hand sanitizer. It’s okay to expose your body to a bit of germs. It builds your immune system.

4. Eat where the locals eat. They know which restaurants or food stand serve up the best of the best.

5. Boost your immune system by taking natural supplements and vitamins.

6. East honey that is locally produced in the place you’re visiting.

7. Boil it. Peel it. Forget it.

8. Don’t be paranoid!

How do you avoid getting sick while travelling?

Share your tips and advice below!

 

Kristen Sarah is a full-time traveller, tiny home owner and adventure junkie. She has one of the leading YouTube travel channels and is the head honcha of award-winning travel and lifestyle website, Hopscotch the Globe.

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4 Comments

  1. Kayla
    April 20, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    Bring medication with you for any type of illness you get frequently (bladder infections, sinus infections, eye allergies, etc). I got a sinus infection in Amsterdam and it’s not easy trying to find the Dutch equivalent to the Canadian over the counter meds I took. Take god there were Canadians staying in my hostel who had some in their pack though! Travel buddies for life.

  2. March 5, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    Great advice right here! Basically, bottled water is your best friend when you’re traveling, so don’t take any chances! That, and wet wipes.

    • March 6, 2015 / 10:27 am

      Yes! I also bring a water pump with me now so I don’t have to buy bottled water all of the time. It saves you a lot of money in the end, is more convenient at times and is better for the environment 🙂

      • J Henry
        March 29, 2017 / 11:31 am

        Which type of pump do you prefer to travel with? Some are bulky and I am not sure to trust others. Thanks! JH

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