Don’t let the flu or an upset stomach ruin your holiday. Here are some tips from Skyscanner Australia about how to stay healthy when travelling.
Before you travel
Staying healthy when you’re travelling starts with good preparations before you even leave for your destination. Book a doctor’s appointment and gather any prescriptions you may need. You should also make sure your vaccinations are up to date. You can check Smart Traveller to see if you need specific vaccinations for your destination. Some countries may also require anti-malaria medications, but always consult your doctor before taking any medicines. If you’re carrying multiple medications it is a good idea to ask your doctor to print a doctor’s note explaining your need for your medicines and any related medical history. This is handy in airports but also good to have with you in case of a medical emergency at your destination.
Before travelling research your destination. If you have a chronic illness or dietary requirement it may be good to know a few phrases in the local language explaining any issues you might have. Make some flash cards or save some phrases to your phone. Also take note of the local hospital or medical centre and any restaurants that cater to special dietary needs.
You should also buy travel insurance before you go. If you can’t afford travel insurance you can’t afford to travel.
On the plane
Being on a plane for an extended period can sometimes feel like you’re in a flying tube of germs. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make the experience a bit more pleasant. When you get on the plane sanitise your space using anti-bacterial wipes. Nasty germs like E. coli (which causes diarrhoea) and the superbug MRSA have been found to stay alive on surfaces in planes for up to a week, including on the seat pocket in front of you. Wipe down your tray table, arm-rests, seat pocket and seat belt. Pay special attention to your seat back TV screen, remote or anything else that is touched regularly.