There are many scary stories about traveling, especially when people are visiting exotic places. They become afraid of getting hurt, eating something bad, or going somewhere new. It’s important to realize that most of the stories on the internet are just that.
We have gathered some questions sent our way and decided to provide all our readers with 6 traveling rules.
#1 I just booked an Amazon boat trip and Himalaya expedition. What’s next?
At least one month prior to your departure, visit a travel medicine specialist. During the consultation, assess all the risks, taking into account your specific itinerary — cities, accommodations, seasons, type of travel, etc. Then make a plan for what you will need in terms of medications and vaccinations.
#2 I love enjoying street food, but many times it does not love me. How can I avoid getting Delhi belly, otherwise known as traveler’s diarrhea?
Always follow this traveling rule about food: boil it, peel it, cook it — or forget it. Make sure that you are washing your hands frequently, and that you carry a hand sanitizer. You should never eat raw veggies that have been washed in local water or anything where water might have been added, like juices or fruit that is sold by weight. Even with these precautions you might still land up with diarrhea. Before you leave on your trip, you should ask your physician for an antibiotic. If diarrhea meds aren’t working, you may have a parasite, which means you should tell your doctor your symptoms.
#3 What’s the best way to stay malaria-free?
Remember this traveling rule: mosquitoes feed from dusk to dawn. This means you should stay in areas that are screened well, use insecticide-treated bed nets, and always cover up. Travel clinicians can determine which medications would be effective for the specifics of your trip, as there has been a resistance to some drugs in different areas of the world.
#4 What’s the best way to handle motion sickness?
If you need travel advice about motion sickness, avoid alcohol and spicy foods before and during your travel. Take seats in the area over the wing of a plane or in the lowest cabins near the center of the boat as they are usually less rocky. You can also use one of the aids available, such as pressure point wrist bands.
#5 My knee is hurting, and I have itchy bug bites. Do you think I have malaria?
It’s likely you do not have malaria, but joint pain can be a warning sign. The same applies to flu-like symptoms such as headache, fatigue, and fever. Symptoms can start as soon as 7 days after being exposed to the Anopheles mosquito bite. Severe cases can result in mental confusion, seizures, coma, kidney failure, and even death — if you have concerns, you should immediately report them.
#6 How do I deal with altitude sickness?
When you climb up high, you should sleep low, and rest every couple of hours. Eat a high-carb diet, stay away from alcohol, make sure you are always hydrated, and always start out slow. Use over-the-counter non-aspirin painkillers to treat headache. You must never climb if you have any symptoms that could bother you while ascending.
These were our traveling rules about some of the more common issues that travelers around the world worry about. As you can see, being careful would usually safeguard you from the most of them, so don’t skip smart planning.
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