What happens if you arrive at a foreign destination and discover there’s an outbreak of bird flu or measles or salmonella? To avoid this issue, we recommend taking a few precautionary steps:
Getting sick on your trip or bringing an illness home with you is not only not fun, it’s dangerous for those to whom you are returning. If you decide to take an river rafting trip in Africa, for example, and catch a serious case of malaria, you’ve put yourself in danger, but you also risk bringing new strains of malaria home for local mosquitoes to spread to your family and community.
Many insect-borne diseases, like malaria and dengue, are best prevented by avoiding the insect bites from the start. Some of the most reliable insect protections are:
While you’re thinking about mosquito protection, make sure you are up-to-date with your tetanus vaccinations and remind children not to feed or touch unfamiliar animals and pets to avoid being bitten or scratched.
During your trip, be cautious about the food you eat and the water you drink. Not every country has the same level of food and water safety. Illnesses from these are the leading cause of travel sickness, causing sometimes severe vomiting and diarrhea leading to dehydration.
Some of the most reliable tips for safe eating and drinking are:
Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and is a licensed agent for travel insurance (MA 1883287). He believes travel insurance should be easier to understand, and started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.