7 Travel Health Tips: Useful Resources

Travel Health Tips

The 25 travel health tips is designed to guide you to healthy and safe journeys across countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.  Health is Wealth can be classed as one of the cliches but true sayings of all time.  Your health is important and when you are planning to travel, you need to invest some time researching the travel health tips you will need for your destination.

From obtaining a yellow fever certificate to a travelling with medication,  this post on travel health tips provides useful resources for healthy travelling because one of the things you need to take care of when travelling is your health.

If you wish to travel abroad, you first stop is the Travel Health Pro website, it comprises of the health resources of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNac) which is a government website dedicated to give doctors travel health tips and risks as they develop across the world.

Travel Health Tips

7 Travel Health Tips for Family Travel

  1. Visit your GP or family doctor and travel clinic before travelling. As appointments are difficult to schedule, it is advisable to arrange a visit well in advance.
  2. Take up a Family Travel Medical Insurance. Travel Insurance covers all pre-existing medical conditions. Find my guide to the best family travel insurance here.
  3. Look up the nearest hospital close to where you’re visiting and know the emergency numbers of the destination.
  4. Take copies of medical history for the children.
  5. Take Epi pens, inhalers and every medical equipment you child might require.
  6. Take precautions to beat jet-lag.
  7. Avoid Diarrhoea and take a filtered water system.

7 Travel Health Tips for travels to Africa.

Africa is my motherland and I love to encourage people to visit Africa at least once in a life-time. To visit Africa, you need to be aware of the health risks and follow the required travel health tips for a breath-taking healthy experience of Africa.

  • Travel Health Tips 1:  Sunscreen.

In most countries in Africa, there are two seasons, the wet season and the dry season. Both seasons usually have temperatures ranging from 25 degrees Celsius to 45 degrees Celsius depending on the part of Africa you are visit and the time of the year you visit. Read about the weather and climate of Africa here. As a result you will need sun protection of a sun protection factor(SPF)of a minimum of 30. Get some tried and tested sun protection cream here. Apart from sun creams, you will need sun hats, sun glasses and light travel scarfs.

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Travel Health Tips - Mosquitoes Repellent
  • Travel Health Tips 2: Antimalarial Medication

Taking Antimalarial tablets can reduce the risk to malaria by 90%. The risk of getting Malaria is very high in sub Sahara Africa and it is not worth taking the risk. Visit your travel clinic in good time, you might need to be put on a schedule of 6 weeks before travelling. There are side effects associated with using Malaria tablets depending on your pre-existing conditions and where you are going. Some side effects includes insomnia, stomach upsets and dizziness.

  • Travel Health Tips 3: Yellow Fever Vaccinations

Yellow Fever Vaccine provides life long protection for people who intend to travel to countries in Sub-Sahara Africa. It is recommended for people from 9 months of age. Several countries require you to show you have been vaccinated before you are allowed entry. Yellow Fever Vaccines cost about £60 – £80 and can be obtained at approved yellow fever vaccine centres.

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  • Travel Health Tips 4: Take a First Aid Kit.

Always take a First Aid Kit for your travels and include over the counter medications and products like Antihistamines, hydrocortisone, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, iodine wipes, hand sanitisers, digital thermometer, latex gloves, bandages, alcohol swabs and iodine tablets.

  • Travel Health Tips 5: Food and Water-borne Awareness

Food and Water-borne illness are caused by consuming contaminated food and drinks. To avoid food and water-borne illness, you need to take precautions by taking drinks served in unopened, factory produced cans and bottles with intact seals, distilled treated water, drinks served steaming hot like tea and coffee and you can take a portable battery operated device for disinfecting water.

In addition, avoid food prone to contamination like salads, food by street traders and food exposed to flies.

  • Travel Health Tips 6: Clothing

Wear clothing made from light breathable fabric. 

Long sleeved clothing will protect your feet and hands from insects and crawlers.

  • Travel Health Tips 7: Footwear

Wear comfortable sturdy shoes, take along flip flops and sandals.

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Resources for travel health

NHS Choices

FCO

fitfortravel

NathNac

Key Important Advice

General advice leaflet

Mosquito bite advice

Yellow Fever leaflet

Rabies advice leaflet

Travelling with medicines

Tips on safe food and drink when travelling

Travel Health Pro Ebook

Zika: Sexual Transmission advice from Public Health England.

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Useful Tips

Bugoff website

Tips on buying malaria tablets

Tips on sun creams and explanation of products.

Apps for Travel Health

Can I eat this – Free

Travel Health Guide – £2.99

Know as you go – Free

Lifesaver – Free

First aid – Free

Travwell – Free

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Top Travel Health Tips by Experts

  • I highly recommend mosquito wipes to anyone travelling to a tropical place. They come in a pack like baby wipes, so they don’t take up a lot of space, and they didn’t contribute to my carry-on liquid allowance like a spray would have.
  • The best travel health tip that I can offer is to wash your hands for 30 seconds after touching anyone or anything. If you sing “Row, row, row your boat twice”, that’s 30 seconds.
  • Plan to buy plenty of bottled water to stay hydrated on your journeys. You never want to drink tap water in foreign countries as it can be contaminated. Your best bet is to use bottled water to brush and rinse your teeth too! Don’t take chances!
  • Travel with a colorful cotton scarf! Use it to shield your mouth and nose on crowded public transport, cover your shoulders or hair when visiting religious sites, and spruce up your travel wardrobe.
  • I pack wipes in my carry on. I like to wipe down my airline seat and tray table. I also pack them in my luggage to wipe things down in my hotel room.
  • Peel it, boil it, cook it or forget it… then you’ll avoid illness.
    Always take food and water precautions when traveling as contaminated water may put you at risk for various infectious disease.
  • Make time to visit a travel health specialist at least four to six weeks before your trip to reduce your risk of illness abroad. It’s a good decision that you won’t regret.
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Travel Health Tips – Eating.

In order to keep healthy and perform optimally while travelling, there are a few basics that you must maintain while travelling in order to stay healthy.

Let’s take a look:⁣

EAT REAL FOOD.⁣

So many people tell me that they cannot control the type of food they eat while they’re on the road, and to that I say, nonsense! Do a little research before you travel. Most cities have a Whole Foods Market or their local version of a natural foods market and most have salad bars. This is great for making a gluten and dairy-free salad that you can munch on in store, in your hotel or on the road. I also like to make a list of restaurants that I want to check out before heading to my destination.⁣

PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES.⁣

If you are road tripping, carry along a cooler in the backseat to stash your favourite snacks. You can pack dry goods like nuts and seeds or canned salmon, but also have fresh goodies on hand – such as celery, carrots, snap peas and radishes. All of these tend to hold their fresh crunch, especially in the cooler. Apples, berries, pomegranate, avocados and lemons also fare well on the road. Hard-boiled eggs, nut butters, hummus and tahini are special treats when you need to nosh. If you’re travelling by plane, nut butters, grass-fed jerky, some fruit, kale chips, nuts and seeds are good options. Here’s more information on how to prevent a food emergency.⁣

SUPPLEMENT WISELY.⁣

Take supplements to keep you strong and help prevent infections.

What to expect from Health Care in Africa

Health Care in Africa is generally developing and while some countries like South Africa, Rwanda and Egypt have advancing health care facilities, some countries have basic health care facilities. 

They are two main types of hospitals in most countries in Africa. They are the public and private hospitals. 

Travel Insurance covers health treatment in countries in Africa, it is worth having a travel insurance.

Travellers should expect basic treatment in public hospitals and are advised to use private hospitals.

What to expect from Health Care in Europe

Health Care in Europe is well advanced with the latest technologies and health equipment but the major barrier is communication. Most countries in Europe speak their native language and finding a doctor who speaks English can be difficult.

They are two main types of hospitals in most countries in Europe. They are the public and private hospitals. 

Travel Insurance covers health treatment in countries in Europe, it is worth having a travel insurance.

Travellers should expect good care from both  public and private hospitals.

What to expect from Health Care in The Middle East.

Health Care in the Middle East is advancing with the latest technology and medical equipment. A high number of staff in hospitals in the Middle East speak a bit of English and communication 

They are two main types of hospitals in most countries in The Middle East. They are the public and private hospitals. 

Travel Insurance covers health treatment in countries in the Middle East, it is worth having a travel insurance.

Travellers should expect basic treatment in public hospitals and are advised to use private hospitals.

Travel Health Tips: Final Thoughts

Safeguarding your health when you travel is important and the travel health tips post provides information on how to enjoy your a healthy and safe holiday. It looks at 7 travel health tips for family travels and for travels to Africa. It also looks at what to expect from health care in Europe, Africa and the Middle East with emphasises on prevention is better than cure.

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I'm Bolupe, a luxury family travel expert, a mum of 3, an independent travel agent and a travelpreneur. I travel for 13 Weeks a year and work full-time as an educator.
I help families thrive and lead a purposeful, luxurious life.
Fun fact: When I was 16 years old, I wanted to be a top model and the next face of Africa but I'm 5ft 7 and I was required to be 5ft 10.

26 Responses

  1. These tips are very useful, this is my top travel blog. I am among the people who can’t control what they eat when they travel 😂😂. I barely do food research smh. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you Rayo for choosing us as your top travel blog, that’s so kind. I think a lot of us eat what we like when travelling but once you’re protected you will fine.

  2. This is a fantastic post! we are looking to visit Africa once Covid-19 is our of the way! I definitely am guilty of not researching food and end up living off chips.. Thanks for sharing! great information! iemexploring xx

    1. It’s great you’re looking to visit Africa. It is truly a magnificent place. While it’s great to stick to snacks and food we’re used to, it’s also lovely to try new dishes.

  3. I can see from your post that travel insurance is super necessary in the off-chance you actually get bit/hurt by something! I think recommending private hospitals, in this case, is a good choice. Wonderful post x

    1. You’re right about travel insurance and going with the private hospitals in some countries is the best choice.

  4. hi
    you have covered almost all the subtopics in this post. Yes, local cuisine and hygiene are one of the key factors which can make or break a vacation. Keeping a conscious safe view of this while indulging in the local cuisine is so important. One should also be aware of what kind of eatables one is allergic to and make sure that is avoided.

    1. Thanks, it easy to indulge in sweet local delicacies by we still need to be mindful of the implication they might have on our health.

  5. The way we used to travel carefree is a thing of the past. From now it would be so different and unless we are prepared with the do’s and don’t s it could spoil our trip completely. Love that you have given tips for different parts of the world.

  6. This is full of some great tips. Knowing what to expect from healthcare in different countries is something useful to know in case of emergencies when traveling. Luckily I have never been that sick when traveling, but there is a first time for everything!

  7. I started traveling when I was 19 and always thought I was invincible. 6 years ago while backpacking Colombia, I had an accident and lost my front tooth. It cost a lot and I was really shocked about the expenses. From then on, I promised myself to always buy travel insurance and hope that I wouldn’t use it. Thanks for sharing these health tips. They are very relevant at this time. Keep safe! Xx

    1. Oh dear, I’m sorry about your accident. I think this is why we need to spread the news about healthy and safety tips while travelling. I hope you keep safe too.

  8. It is an interesting and so informative article. It’s a very useful travel health tips for families. But I think it is useful for everyone who plans holidays. I always start my preparations from travel insurance. First aid kit is crucial for me when I pack myself.

    1. I’m pleased to read that you found this article informative for every tip of travellers and not just family travellers.

  9. Thank you for these useful tips. Health and hygiene will be very important for the future travels. Post Covid, we would really need to be prepared with masks, sanitizers, gloves and more. Health insurance is a must for sure.

  10. The best tip you have here in my opinion is the first aid kit and sunscreen. You never know when you’ll need a pain killer or if your going to be able to even find sunscreen when you’re in country. Great tips, thank you for sharing!

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