Let’s face it we Pakistanis rarely travel. But when we do, we make headlines (remember the girl who went on honeymoon without her husband). The idea of travelling is to explore new land, sites, culture, and for sure cuisine. And if you have friends and family abroad, there is this added advantage of meeting them. Travel for sure is fun, involves a lot of adventure and is a moment to savor. But there is this bubble popping moment, what if we tell you some of the most spectacular destinations of the world are also home to the nastiest of the bugs, some if not all. It was only a couple of years when we came across the Ebola virus coming from the African Sahara. You can find diseases like yellow fever, malaria, and even polio. So, protect yourself by learning which vaccines or safety steps are a good idea for the area you’re visiting. To give vaccines time to work, see your doctor four to six weeks before your trip.
The most common type of bugging that you can come across while travelling is typhoid. Caused by bacteria found in food or drinks, you are more likely to attract this when travelling in Asia and to South America or Africa. It’s always good to have vaccination a couple of weeks in advance, and in case you have already had one, consult your physician for a booster.
How likely are you to get skin injuries, including frostbite, burns, or punctures? Very likely to be honest. Make sure you’re up to date on your tetanus shot. Booster shots are recommended every 10 years.
Planning a safari adventure? Interested in wandering the unknown streets? Street dogs in Africa, Asia, and South America are the biggest problem for travelers, followed by monkeys living among the temples of Asia. It is always good to have precautionary measures in place. But this one requires special care. So, even if you had the vaccine, make sure you are getting a treatment in case the unseen happens. The vaccines helps in medical care, and cuts the amount of treatment you need.
Flus are never good. If you are travelling anywhere down the equator then April to September are the most flu-est here. So, families planning a summer vacation in Australia, for example, should make sure they are vaccinated before departing.
Believe us when we say that mosquitos are friend to none. Be it the sub-Sahara, South Asia or the Americas, Malaria is almost everywhere. In fact heading anywhere just have the appropriate vaccination so that your vacations don’t get spoiled because of the mosquitos. And don’t you think you are going to remain safe if you are anywhere near the Caribbean. A rather recent phenomenon, dengue is often life threatening. There is no vaccine, but you can lower your chances when you travel by protecting against mosquito bites.
“Don’t drink the water” may be a rule for international travelers, but there are actually several ways to make local water safe. The safest way is to boil it for at least a minute. When this isn’t possible, you can disinfect it with iodine tablets, but this may not kill all types of parasites. You can also use a portable water filter. If you buy bottled water, make sure the bottles come from a trusted source.
Few things take the fun out of a beach vacation like red, peeling skin. Besides being painful, UV rays and sunburn can lead to early aging and skin cancer. Protect yourself with a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays. Other ways to protect yourself are covering up, wearing a hat, and protecting your eyes with sunglasses.
First Aid Kit for Travelers
You can buy a travel first aid kit or make your own. It should have disposable gloves, adhesive bandages of various sizes, gauze, antiseptic, cotton swabs, scissors, elastic bandage wraps for strains, antifungal and antibacterial creams, anti-itch cream, aloe gel, saline eye drops, and a first-aid quick reference card. You should also include any drugs you take regularly in their original containers, along with copies of your prescriptions.