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So, there's been a lot of talk about Ebola lately, which let me just say this right now "Don't panic!'.
At this point, you are very very unlikely to even come in contact with a person who has Ebola let alone come in contact in such a way that you would catch it.
But! With that said, it's always important to think of your health when you travel. Getting sick on vacation or right after you return and have to go back to work is a really horrible way to look back on an otherwise amazing trip.
So, to help you out, here are a few tips to keep you on top of your game:
1. Hydration station! Drink lots of water, before, during and after your trip. Being dehydrated will make it harder for your body to combat germs, will make you feel tired, and generally make you feel horrible after hours of circulated air on a hot plane. If you're traveling somewhere that has water quality issues, bring a filtering water bottle or a Life Straw with you. Just drinking beer is not an acceptable substitute. Sorry to be the party crasher!
2. Be mindful of where you put your hands. I got this tip from one of my best friends during a visit to NYC. I didn't think at first how many grubby hands hand probably held that subway pole before...gross! If you can, use your elbow, forearm, or other appendage to open doors, hold on to railings etc to keep from putting all the germs in NYC directly into your eye later.
3. Don't forget to pack some vitamin C and a multi vitamin. Right next to your sunscreen should be a multi vitamin. While you're traveling, you're probably not eating as well as you normally do, which means your body might not be getting all it needs to stay healthy. Give it a helping had and pack some with you.
4. Don't forget to read Liz's post on vaccinations before you go. You may need to start getting those a while before you trip so don't procrastinate! It also has resources to check and see if there is an ongoing outbreak like we are seeing in parts of western Africa now.
5. Be cautious about street food. I wouldn't recommend not trying street food, but just be cautious that the food may not have been stored or prepared in a clean way. Many countries have more lax views on food preparation that others. It may not kill you, but your stomach may not be super happy with you later. Just something to keep in mind.
6. Travel Insurance. Travel insurance is something I only got for our long trip to New Zealand because they required it for our visa. But if you are going to be traveling abroad, doing anything where you may get hurt, or are worried about getting sick, it would be something worth looking into. It's not overly expensive and can help get you home if you do come down with something that would require hospitalization.
Now on that happy note, fear not for you are ready to face the world!
Have a great week and Happy Travels!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz