Our health is very important to us.
As we are travelling through many different countries with their own
unique circumstances, we need to be aware of the risks and preventative
actions that we can take to ensure we stay healthy, fit and safe.
Fortunately, before she retired, Karen was employed as a practice nurse,
travel being one of her special interests, so we are in a fortunate
position. Here she gives you the benefit of that experience.
Anyone who is undertaking any form of adventure travel will, most
likely, already consider themselves pretty fit and healthy. So much so
that they may think all they require is to get their vaccinations and
malaria tablets and get on a plane. This approach is sometimes
reinforced by the variation in quality of advice available from
professionals and other information sources.
There are many web sites that can help in planning your needs for
foreign trips. These sites are the ones used by healthcare professionals
to provide travel advice and are constantly updated:
You can also get health advice from pharmacists, practice nurses, GPs or
travel clinics. The knowledge and expertise of GPs and practice nurses
will vary considerably depending upon how frequently they consult on the
subject, their interest level and specialist training. If possible
try to determine the relevance of their expertise to you particular type
of travel and your chosen destinations. This applies particularly to
adventure trips in exotic places.
Most people will consider the obvious
things like vaccinations and malaria risk, but may not provide full
advice on wider ranging aspects of your continuing good health and
safety. e.g. for remote destinations, your first aid kit will need to
be larger and you should consider taking standby medication, such as an
There are many other things that can and do go wrong.
What we have tried to provide through these pages is the health tips that we
have found useful before and during our travels. Whether or not you care
to use the knowledge that is written here is up to you, but at the very
least we can give you an awareness that will help when you meet with
your healthcare professional.
Although it is a broad subject we have
tried to split the subject into a number of categories: