When you have saved up money and set aside time for a week of fun and relaxation, the last thing you want to do is get sick. Yet, spending time on public transportation or traveling to foreign locales can introduce many opportunities for illness. Take note of these 14 tips to prevent sickness on your vacation so you can maximize your fun.
14. Determine If You Need Vaccinations
If you plan to travel to less developed countries, check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to see if they recommend any vaccinations before traveling. The need for vaccines depends on which countries you will be visiting, your current health, and your planned activities. Vaccines against hepatitis, typhoid, rabies, yellow fever, and malaria may be beneficial when traveling to certain countries. Additionally, it is wise to ensure you are up to date on vaccinations against the flu, pertussis, tetanus, and diphtheria. You can visit the CDC to determine whether you should consider vaccination before traveling abroad.
13. Pack Medications
When traveling out of the country, it can be helpful to bring along any medications you may need. Check with the government of the country you will be visiting to determine if there are any restrictions regarding medications you may bring into the country. In addition to your usual prescriptions, you may want to pack medications for treating illnesses that may arise. The CDC warns that drugs manufactured in other countries may not be subjected to the same stringent guidelines upheld in the US. Examples of medications that may be useful are anti-inflammatories, antidiarrheal agents, and first aid items.