Some general health tips while travelling, anywhere

  • Take a medical kit
  • Practice safe sex
  • Be careful what you eat and drink – avoid uncooked foods and salads, peel your own fruit, be suspicious of buffet style meals, if the water in the country is unsafe to consume, so is the ice in your drink.
  • Make sure your vaccinations are current
  • Limit your consumption of alcohol to safe levels
  • Avoid close contact with animals, including domestic pets
  • Use mosquito repellent and take anti-malarial medication if in a malarial area
  • Be especially careful when driving
  • Protect yourself from overexposure to the sun
  • Ensure that you have enough medical and personal essentials to last the trip. In some countries the supply of feminine hygiene products and condoms may be unreliable.
  • Use medicated hand wash before eating.
  • Get adequate rest during your travels
  • AND MOST IMPORTANT – take out adequate travel insurance.

The Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website has a very informative section on health for Australian citizens travelling overseas: www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/travelwell.html

Another helpful website is – Travel Health Advisory Group – www.welltogo.com.au/checklists