Updated: Feb 20, 2020
That upper right photo is cute, right? I normally wouldn’t post something like this but this is a great teaching moment, let’s talk about travel medicines and how to prepare. Travel isn’t glamorous, like hardly ever. It takes a lot of grit, quick decision-making and “toughing it out” to just make the most of your time.
In April 2019, I decided to take a small vacation to the north of Bali and I had an allergic reaction to a mosquito bite on my very first day.
These types of incidents are common and you know if it will happen to you until it happens.
Many people want to travel to Africa and parts of southeast Asia so here are 4 things you should be sure to do and/or pack before you take your trip.
1. Visit the CDC website to make sure you have the necessary vaccinations for the country you’ll be visiting. You can also go to your primary care doctor & let them know which country. They should know exactly what you need.
2. A 100% DEET repellent, DEET is the active ingredient in almost all repellents so 100% DEET repellent is the best option for destinations like Africa & tropical Asian countries. Be cautious not to spray it directly on your clothes. Spray DEET directly on the skin or mix it with lotion! Here’s one of my favorite brands.
3. Jet lag meds. This is a personal choice but it could be useful to maximize your time. No one wants to be drifting off to sleep on a once in a lifetime safari. It can take awhile to regulate your sleeping habits in a new country and once you return home. Before you take off, let your doctor know you’re interested in jet lag meds and they should be able to recommend the best option for you.
4. Travel insurance, many companies offer plans from as little as 1 day up to 1 year. Most plans are extremely affordable so whether you use it or not, you won’t be sorry. They cover a variety of medical emergencies as well as theft, delayed flights or emergency evacuations.
Have you ever experienced a medical emergency while traveling? What did you do and what tips would you pass on to someone else?