One of the best things to do for holidays is to travel overseas. Whether it’s with your family, friends, partner or even yourself, travelling abroad can be an eye-opening, exciting and memorable experience. However, when travelling to another country, you’ll never know what to expect. As everything is a new experience in an unfamiliar environment, you’ll never actually be able to anticipate what’s ahead of you. In terms of health, it’s the same thing.

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Without proper precaution, we can easily become sick or ill because our body doesn’t know how to adapt to a particular or new and unfamiliar environment. To get sick while abroad is one of the worst things that can happen on holiday. That will take your precious time exploring and sightseeing a new country. It’s also difficult to find good help while abroad as foreign languages, and societal differences can cause barriers when you want to treat your sickness.

One of the scary things about travelling overseas is that you might contract an illness or disease that is not even present in your home country. In this instance, it will be even more difficult for your body to handle, and can prove difficult for you to go home should symptoms persist. The best way to save yourself the stress of getting sick overseas is to prepare beforehand.

Apply these 4 steps for you and your travel mates before you decide to head off to another country, and you’ll significantly reduce your chances of having health issues once abroad.

1. Watch What You Eat

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When in a foreign country, you’ll see a lot of food that looks and smells good. Don’t be tempted. As amazing as they may look or smell, your body may not be able to digest it. It can result in stomach aches or even worse, food poisoning. As food in every country is prepared differently and include certain ingredients and additives, some of these may not be the same in your home country.

The best thing to do is to search on the internet where you are going and the best culinary places to go for tourists. This is your safest chance of not getting ill from food. If you are going to a country where clean food is scarce, it’s always wise to carry snacks such as muesli bars, packaged biscuits or dried fruits from your home country in case you get hungry.

2. Pack An Emergency Carry Kit

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Pack a carry size bag full of utensils such as bandaids, headache relief pills, and disinfectant. If you have a health condition such as asthma or allergies, bring your puffer or epileptic pen along with it. As you are in a foreign and new environment, anything can happen at any time.

The air quality, food, and drink, and weather can have an impact on your health by carrying in an emergency kit. You save yourself from panicking in the case of a severe or sudden emergency.

3. Get Vaccinated

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This may seem like an obvious idea but often overlooked. As you probably see many of your friends and family taking photos of their lovely trips abroad, you may think it’s not a big deal to get vaccinated and that the particular country you’re visiting is safe. But the fact is everybody reacts differently to specific environments. So getting vaccinated is one of the best and most reliable ways to reduce the risk of getting sick when travelling.

Certain countries also have high-risk rates of diseases such as malaria, flu, and travel sickness, and so certain vaccinations are recommended for specific countries or travel destinations. By speaking with your medical practitioner about where you’re going and the activities you’ll be doing, they will be able to advise you on which vaccinations you may need.

4. Get Travel Insurance

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This may sound obvious, but you’ll be surprised by the number of people who forget or neglect getting health insurance when they travel. By having this sorted out before travelling, you’re covering the financial risks and headaches you may get should you need medical attention while being overseas. Once again, this comes down to underestimating the health impacts associated with travelling overseas.

If you do happen to become ill or sick while abroad, your priority is getting well as soon as possible so you can enjoy your trip and get home safely. The last thing you want is to undetermined medical bills and expenses. By getting yourself and your family members travel and health insurance before your trip, you’ll be able to have that extra piece of mind.

Head over to the Okadoc app to immediately book an appointment with your health practitioner.