Traveller Health... Remain happy and healthy while on the road
"He, who has health, has hope; and he who has hope has everything."
Traveller health is the key for a superb South America vacation!...
Successful traveling is healthy traveling, and easy to achieve with a bit of planning beforehand, by watching closely your eating and drinking habits while on the road, and by recognizing the early warnings signs of your body in front of a potential problem.
Above all, holidays are to be enjoyed whether you are looking for fun, relaxation, action or adventure, so please do your homework first and then you can have all the pudding.
If taking prescribed medication, take a doctors letter and the prescription with you.
Check if your medication is legal in the country you are visiting.
Pack all your medication in your hand luggage and get a well stocked first aid kit..
- Aspirin or Paracetamol for pain or fever.
- Antihistamine, decongestant for colds.
- Loperamide or Lomotil for diarrhea.
- Antibiotics, you'll need a prescription for that.
- Insect repellent and sunscreen.
Be informed about the countries you want to visit.
The CIA WORLD FACTBOOK has plenty of info and maps per country.
They have teamed up with Lonely Planet to produce a nice little e-book called Travel Safe, that you can download at no cost.
You will need Acrobat Reader to read a PDF file, click here for a free download.
Be safe in the sun, particularly between 11a.m. and 3p.m.
Remember what the Australians say: slip, slap, slop.
Slip on a shirt, slap on a hat and slop on some suncream.
To lower the risk of mosquito bites (Malaria - Dengue Fever), cover your arms and legs with clothing and of course, get all the vaccination you need beforehand.
Keep a close eye on travelers diarrhea, by taking care of what you eat and drink (yes, even ice cubes).
For a more complete research and traveller health advice, please visit the following sites...