Have you got all you need to travel abroad ready? Think again, there are certain tips you also need to survive while living abroad.
It is estimated that about 3,000 people die each year from food-borne disease in the US according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the World Health Organization, over 2 million people die each year from contaminated food and water. Now you see why you need to prepare yourself very well against any food-borne diseases while living abroad.
Cases of food poisoning have been reported severally in all parts of the world, how prepared are you to combat it. Below are a few tips to see you through your stay abroad.
Make The Necessary plans
Properly examine your destination: make ready for issues regarding food safety and otherwise, that could arise during your travel abroad.
Check out their water supply: find out if the water supply is fit for drinking and if there is any medical care center available in case you become sick living in the area.
What is the altitude of the place: most people fall see depending on the altitude of a particular place. Most children will fall if the altitude of the place is above 8,000 feet.
Visit Your Health Care Provider Before You Travel
Get updated with new vaccines: vaccines help to protect us from diseases, get as much information as you can get regarding new and updated vaccines, especially now that you are traveling abroad.
Get all your prescribed drugs: traveling abroad somethings can be tricky, it is therefore very important for you to stock up on your prescribed drugs that can last you for a very long time. It is wise to fill out special medication forms in case of any recommended drug.
Over-the-counter medication: while you wait for the international medication to get to you (access to them most times are delayed), you can introduce over-the-counter experience in case you experience certain symptoms that are very discomforting. Visit your doctor for drug recommendations.
Go with disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers: these can be used to disinfect surfaces and for cleaning your hands.
Include nonperishable food items in your luggage: you never know when next you will be eating once you embark on your journey, so it is wise to pack extra nonperishable foods in your luggage. Though most airports offer healthy options, you never can tell what might go wrong. To be on the safe side go with nonperishable foods that are not liquids.
Carry your health kit: ensure that your health kit is intact with the prescribed drugs. Also, make sure that you carry your health insurance card in your wallet.
Be At Alert
Keep your guard up while living abroad: do not be deceived by the appearance of cleanliness in well-traveled areas of the world, there could be more to what meets the eyes. If you are not sure, do not take tap water or well water or anything made with it. You can opt for sealed drinks only.
Cut down on some of your choices: certain foods and beverages might have appealed to you back at home, you are in a new place right now. To stay safe, stay away from those foods and beverages that you enjoyed back at home until you are certain about their sources in your new home abroad.
Control your enthusiasm for adventurous foods: keeping away from foods prepared by local vendors on the roadside is one of the safest means to avoid getting sick. Stay away from exotic dishes such as prepared monkey, bat, and bush meat no matter how tempting it might appear.
Avoid raw meats and eggs: germs travel very fast even beyond borders, including exotic and clean cities. Just like anywhere in the world, you can get sick from consuming undercooked, raw, and contaminated foods and beverages.
Avoid raw produce (including salads): be very careful to not consume foods that have been exposed to germs and contaminated water. However, thoroughly cooked produce and fruits with a thick, intact peel you peel yourself are considered safe for consumption.
Steer clear foods at room temperature: foods at room temperature are within the danger zone for bacteria to thrive. So, be mindful of the kind of food you eat while staying abroad. It is recommended that you stick to hot foods instead.
Look Out For Water Supply Sources
If you are not sure, don’t drink it: most travelers are always faced with the problem of finding how safe water provided is in their new homes abroad. It is recommended that while settling abroad, you abstain from taking tap water, cocktails, ice, and water to brush your teeth. Contaminated can contain amoeba, parasites, and viruses that can hurt the health of any human.
Go for sealed drinks and foods only: stick to taking sealed drinks and beverages abroad. Abstain from roadside vendors and their foods.
Keep your hands clean always: whether working or not, at home or workplace always keep your hands clean by washing them to prevent food-borne illness.
Use hand sanitizers and soap: use alcohol-based sanitizers to keep your hands clean and free from germs. in cases where there is no sanitizer, use soap and warm water to wash your hands. Ensure it is always in your backpack or purse for easy reach.
Take Care Of Yourself If You Get Sick
Always stay hydrated: we cannot be too careful in avoiding illness while staying abroad. If you find yourself sick in any case, drink plenty of water if the experienced symptom is that of diarrhea.
Seek medical attention: if the experienced symptom persists even after taking medications, seek medical attention from your doctors.
It is our desire that you stay safe while living abroad. We believe that these safety tips provided will help you live abroad safely. Feel free to drop your comments and suggestions below.