Travel Health Advice: Adventure Safely
We all like a rip-roaring adventure. Travel health advice is essential in insuring your travels are a success.
Luckily I’ve never intimately known cholera, typhoid or their friends Hep B and Japanese encephalitis. I like to think it was the phalanx of vaccinations I had over the years that pulled me through some pretty squalid locations.
It is excessively important you consult your GP and/or travel health professional prior to travelling. To cover the entire vocabulary of travel health would be impossible so let’s keep things succinct.
Damn well insure yourself; if you don’t, you’re a fool. Even the best laid plans go astray. Make sure you have adequate health insurance for your grand plans; planning on working for an NGO in the Himalaya? Cover will probably need to include emergency helicopter extraction. For the low down on
international travel health insurance, click here.
Timely travel health advice in remote Nepal
A family friend recently had a rabies inducing encounter with an Indian monkey, to say the least in put a downer on his trip.
To avoid the above, be sure to make an appointment with a specialist travel health clinic to advise on what shots will be required. Make sure you take records of your previous vaccinations with you and allow enough time to receive all of your injections before leaving, ideally up to 8 weeks; they’re usually not all administered at once and need a bit of time to kick in.
Schedule in check-ups from your GP and dentist well before leaving. My last visit to Thailand was memorable to teeth falling out, so make sure yours are in gnashing, tip-top shape.
Ensure all vaccines are written down in an ‘International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis’ booklet. It’s a good idea to record your blood type, regularly used prescriptions and contact details for your home GP.
There are some basic necessities for your first aid kit; enough to fix a bit of wounded pride, Delhi-Belly, scrapes, bruises and a hangover. Click here for my recommend list of
travel first aid kit goodies.
With a few simple precautious you’ll be in fine form for adventuring. Some of the following should keep you out of trouble;
Lastly, be sure to understand the health risks specific to the countries you are visiting. I don’t won’t to come across all mollycoddling with this travel health advice, but do take it seriously; it’s the best way to stay safe.
Travel First Aid Kit; for when adventure travel turns to custard
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