Staying healthy while traveling: Here’s how

Are you planning an adventure trip to Colombia, would you like to go island hopping in the Philippines or experience the wilderness of Madagascar up close? Comprehensive preparation is essential so that everything runs smoothly on your dream trip and you travel healthily. We have an overview for you with the most important tips.

Travel vaccinations

As a first step, find out whether you need additional vaccinations for the trip, whether it is possible to take prophylaxis and which high-risk diseases can occur. If you need vaccinations, it is important to find out early, because the waiting times for some vaccines are longer than for others. Vaccinations required for South Africa, for example, can be very different from vaccinations for Bali. A list of the common travel vaccinations and an overview of the most dangerous tropical diseases.

The local health system

Check out how exactly the local health system works and which contact points you can consult with your travel insurance company in an emergency. If you have not yet taken out travel insurance, we will be happy to help you choose and book the travel insurance you want.

In addition to classics such as headache pills, diarrhea medication or fever reducers, you should find out as much as possible about which medicine you absolutely need to be supplied with. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and mosquito repellent spray or cold protection cream and appropriate lip care. You can also prepare yourself at home with a vitamin / carotenoid preparation from the pharmacy / drugstore that protects your skin from the sun from the inside, in addition to sun cream. The intake should begin 2-3 weeks before sun exposure.

Tips on how to travel healthily

The biggest hurdle to a healthy stay lies in eating and drinking. The famous rule of thumb applies here: Cook it, boil it, peel it or leave it. When a dish is cooked, there is a much lower risk of hidden bacteria. Basically it is just important that you keep your eyes open and, if possible, look closely at how your food is being prepared. Street food stands are very tempting, but pose a greater risk of illness. If you still want to eat there, it is best to orient yourself by where the locals buy their food.

It is just as important to keep an eye on the choice of drinking water. In Europe it is usually safe to drink tap water. In many other places around the world, however, you should be careful with what you fill your water bottle with. If you don’t want to buy water bottles from the supermarket, you can use a water filter, for example, or boil the water beforehand. Then you are on the safe side. Also watch out for water ice and fruit juices. Both are often prepared with tap water. The same goes for salad. It is better to ask beforehand whether it has been washed off with tap water.

Support of the intestinal flora through BIOTICS-D

If you would like to actively support your body before and during the trip and want the change in food or difficult hygiene conditions at your travel destination to be as gentle as possible on your body, then you are optimally equipped with Burgerstein BIOTICS-D .

The dietary supplement contains a mixture of physiological bacterial cultures and vitamin B2 and thus supports the intestinal flora and the maintenance of the intestinal mucosa. BIOTICS-D is suitable for the whole family and does not need to be refrigerated.

What else to look out for

But even if you are not lying flat with the flu or handcuffed to the bathroom, you may experience symptoms of weakness during your trip that you should investigate. It is very important that you always make sure you get enough sleep and drink plenty of water throughout the day. This automatically makes you feel fit and energetic. If you find yourself feeling stressed and uncomfortable, take a day off. A trip means a big change for the head and body. Despite the adventure trip, you definitely deserve one or the other break. Of course, it is also very important that you wash your hands regularly to prevent infection with pathogens. Better once too much than once too little.

Our top tip:Use your trip for a digital detox and just leave your phone, tablet and co at home. So your body and mind can take a deep breath and recover from everyday stress!

Follow-up care after return – is it even necessary?

The aftercare you need after your stay abroad depends heavily on how the trip went. Usually, if you haven’t had any health complications, there are only minor considerations to consider. Especially after long-distance and adventure trips, we recommend planning one to two days after your return to give your body some rest. If you suffer from jet lag, the following principle applies: Make sure you try to keep yourself awake until you would normally go to bed in the respective country and slowly get used to the new time. This way you don’t mess up your rhythm as much as possible. You should also be careful with extreme dietary changes. For example, if you re-enter Switzerland from an Asian country,

When do you need to see a doctor in Switzerland?

If you have any health problems during your trip, it is very important to visit your family doctor directly in Switzerland and have follow-up care carried out. This is the only way to ensure that you are in top shape again and that you can get started in everyday life. Depending on whether you have visited a tropical country, you may even have to report to the tropical doctor. A comprehensive investigation will be carried out there. Malaria, for example, can still occur for up to a year after returning home. So if you have traveled to a risk region and develop a fever in the following year, malaria is still a possible pathogen.

Do you have specific questions about a travel destination or would you like more information on healthy travel? Our travel advisors will be happy to help you.

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