For any international travel, a few tips occur that can prevent the most unpleasant travel experience of all: getting sick on the road. Here are a few recommendations for avoiding a stay in a hotel bed with the curtains drawn.
Yogurt is an ubiquitous sight in almost every country. Eat it. Yogurt promotes healthy growth of bacteria in the digestive system. That means, yogurt beats back the bad bacteria that can cause the flu, colds, or stomach illness. It’s probiotic and you can eat it for breakfast to get your day going or have it for dessert.
Most countries fertilize their vegetables and feed their animals differently. That means, when we eat foods while abroad, our tummies might begin to ache. Order Coca-Cola and you’ll find that your stomach settles a bit. Ginger Ale is an alternative, but it’s also a drink harder to find internationally.
Wear shower shoes. Take along flip-flops and used them as shower shoes. When you’re walking a lot, it’s essential to avoid athlete’s foot.
If you do get sick, it’s good to have some over-the-counter drugs at hand. If you travel with children, a bottle of Motrin and Advil are good. (Although you’ll have to buy them in the host country because you can’t bring them on the plane.) For adults, bring either Tylenol or Motrin.
Also bring Claritin or another anti-histamine (in case of allergies), Dramamine (in case of motion sickness), anti-diarrhea medicine, and bug spray during the summer months for keeping away mosquitoes.
Carry toilet tissue. It always comes in handy, particularly on trains and in public restrooms.
Before eating meals or, in fact, any chance you get: wash your hands. Also, scientific experiments show that the largest number of germs in a bathroom exist on the door handles. Carry hand sanitizer gels and use the paper towels to open doors to public restrooms.
Tourists always have the largest amount of cash on their person — and pick pockets know it. Men: keep your wallets in your front pockets while you travel. Women: criss-cross your purses sideways along your chest. That way pick-pockets are less likely to pull it off your shoulder and run with it.
These tips can easily become habits and make for a much more enjoyable trip.