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Health – Travel Health

Top 3 points:

  • Work out a plan to stay healthy when you travel. This is imperative.  Visit travel health centres, doctors etc., that are experts in travel destinations.
  • Be aware of the diseases that are common in countries around the world.
  • Take precautions and seek expert advice regarding vaccination and health.

Other things to consider:

  • On aeroplanes, be aware of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). When safe, try to move around the plane all the time, stretching and exercising your legs and arms. 
  • MOSQUITOS ARE A COMMON NUISANCE. When travelling, lying on a beach, walking, whatever! It is recommended to carry and apply an INSECT REPELLENT which contains DEET.  Deet is a very special ingredient and one of the best ways for repelling insects such as mosquitos. (Mosquitos can carry Malaria, Dengue Fever and other diseases!) The last thing you want in the world is Malaria!
  • When walking or trekking especially, always try to wear long sleaved and long pant clothing. Try to cover your skin as much as possible. 
  • If you have a MEDICAL CONDITION, carry information about your own illnesses with you.


If you are concerned about taking your medication, check that the country you are visiting allows you to have it, make sure it is legal!


  • If you take MEDICATION, make sure you have a letter from your doctor stating you require the medicine. This is so that you do not come across any hassles with customs officials.  If you don’t have one, it could cause problems when dealing with them. 
  • If you wear glasses (corrective lenses), or wear contacts, take a copy of a prescription with you, just in case you lose them.
  • It’s very wise to take a traveller’s First Aid kit with you on your travels. This could be a little life saver.


Always be careful of the food you eat whilst travelling. Food can cause the most common travelling bugs including diarrhoea, gastro and stomach cramps.  It is said that up to 90% of all people who travel will contract a stomach upset due to food and drink products.  Remember that hygiene and food handling standards are completely different in foreign countries compared to your home country. Many countries do not have any standard at all.  Street food generally has very little hygiene standards.


Drinking contaminated water is another travel trap that many travellers fall into.  Always buy bottled water.  Never drink from the tap.  In certain countries where water is unsafe, use water purification tablets if you need to use water in your hotel room to wash your mouth and teeth.  Also, it’s recommended that when ordering drinks in a restaurant in a third world/developing country, tell the waiter you do not want ice in your drink.   There are also ways to filtering and purifying water through water purification systems.  You can buy special water gadgets and accessories for water purifying solutions in good travel/adventure shops.

On Planes

If you’re concerned about the purity and cleanliness of water on aeroplanes, it’s wise to take your own bottled water on board.  However, you would need to purchase bottled water after clearing airport customs and security.

Some countries may not accept you if you have a disease.  Make sure you check this.

Travel Crusader’s recommended websites:

Information about health and any disease outbreaks around the world.

MD Travel Health

American government information.




Travel Health (Canada)

Dept of Health (UK)

Travel Doctor

Smart Traveller (AU)

Trip Prep

Malaria Hotspots

A great all-round ‘traveller cream’ is Tiger Balm. It’s fantastic for all sorts of things including bites and itches, muscle soreness and other little gripes.  Any good pharmacy will sell it.


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