Safe Travel Tips
A big part of being prepared is something called “situational awareness.” It means being aware of your surroundings at all times, and taking action to prevent situations from becoming dangerous. That goes for at home and on the road.
Because summer is a busy travel season, here are some safe travel tips for staying healthy while outside the country. They're offered by Living Ready‘s in-house travel expert, globe-trotting journalist Vincent Zandri, who spends most of his time out-of-the-house. Be sure to check out all his safe travel tips in his Living Ready Online Course, Travel Safely Outside the Country.
Safe Travel Tips: Staying Healthy
Zandri's safe travel tips:
Avoid the tap water. Stick to bottled water whenever possible. But watch for dishonest vendors who fill bottles with tap water to sell to unsuspecting foreigners.
Your nose knows. If something doesn't smell right, don't eat it.
Although it can't help with viral infection or parasites, a bottle of ciprofloxacin (aka “cipro”) will clear up most bacterial infections. It's the traveler's best friend. You will need a prescription from a doctor to obtain this medicine.
A portable water purifier is a great idea. Zandri carries a SteriPEN, which uses ultraviolet rays to disinfect water.
Domestic medical insurance plans often won't cover international expenses. Check your plan, or buy separate insurance just for the trip. If possible, use a short-term service like MedjetAssist to get you back to a U.S. hospital if the situation calls for it.
All travelers should consider packing the following items: antibiotic ointment, antacids, thermometer, hand sanitizer, bandages, surgical tape, over-the-counter pain relief, gauze, temporary dental filling material, anti-diarrheal pills and a sewing kit for stitches.
Your Safe Travel Tips
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