Traveling abroad – or even to just another city – can often be a very strenuous experience for our bodies. Traveling, especially long distance traveling, demands we change our routines, spend long periods of time in cramped, overcrowded, loud, or otherwise stressful places and situations, which is taxing even for perfectly healthy individuals.

So here are some of the things you should be particularly conscientious about when traveling anywhere.


Bring Your Medicine

It’s always a good idea to bring along some aspirin, just in case you get a headache, or unexpectedly come down with a bug. But besides that, many people have to take certain prescription drugs with them wherever they go – people that are diabetic or asthmatic, for example.

So if you suffer from any such maladies, double-check to make sure you’ve brought your medicines along. The worst thing you can do is realize you are missing them mid-flight, with the nearest pharmacy several thousand miles – and feet – away.

Check the Vaccination Requirements

Even though the anti-vaccination movement has, unfortunately, become more and more popular in the last couple of years, many countries around the world still require you to be vaccinated against various diseases that you can potentially become infected within those areas.

Many of these diseases are no laughing matter. Just like the indigenous peoples of the Americas that had no immunity against common European diseases – so do most of us lack exposure to these exotic sicknesses, and are thus significantly less resistant to them.

So when visiting foreign countries, always do a bit of research to see if you require any vaccinations in order to enter them. You will be able to find them very easily, as well as where you can have them administered.


Food and Water

Tap water greatly differs from country to country. Some tap waters are not advisable for human consumption, so you will have to get by on bottled water. And even if they are safe to drink, the tap water of a foreign country is likely to be different from the tap water in your own country. The number of bacteria, minerals, even heavy metals, all of these mean that your own system can have trouble trying to ingest this water and you can have serious stomach problems afterward.

To avoid this, read the experiences of other people visiting this country, and always bring along some probiotics and activated charcoal tablets, just in case.

It’s the same with food. The locals are used to their own cuisine, but that doesn’t mean you will be. Different spices, flavors, or some ingredients you – and your digestive tract – are not familiar with can cause you many problems during your trip. Street vendor food is also a potential source of bacterial infection. While in some countries, street food is more or less safe, since it complies with rigorous hygiene standards that restaurants must also comply to, in many places, outside food vendors aren’t regulated, and you can contract serious infections, diseases, or even parasites, by eating there.

Our advice – even if you want to sample the local cuisine, it’s a much better idea to eat at a nice restaurant. You can still get sick there, but you greatly reduce the odds of that happening.