Spring break is finally here. From late February to mid-April, students and families across the country are traveling around the globe for week-long vacations. Although it seems like all of fun and games, there are always risks when traveling abroad. About 30 million travelers go abroad each year and about 65 percent reported a health problem during their trip, according to Travel Medicine. We at Glasstic have provided our favorite tips and tricks to keeping you safe and healthy this spring break.
Should you get vaccinated?
The country you are traveling to may have viruses or illnesses that could be prevented with vaccines. Check the guidelines that are posted by the CDC for travel. Before going abroad, make sure to do your research and check the website for travel advice. It can save your trip and benefit your health.
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Make sure you’re staying safe while traveling abroad. It’s recommended to enroll in the State Department STEP program to stay informed. Know the risks and recent reports to areas. For example, parts of Mexico have a higher risk level. If you are traveling to a country with a higher risk level, make sure to travel with groups and not traveling at night.
Watch What You Eat
Just because the food looks and smells good, doesn’t mean it’s great for you. There can be germs and bacteria hiding in that food, which can get you sick and ruin your trip. Eat Right recommends avoiding raw fish, meats, and produce and steer clear of foods that has been sitting at room temperature.
Don’t Over Drink
College Binge Drinking says that about 1,700 university students die each year from misuse of alcohol. Alcohol and drug abuse are known to be issues during spring break, especially for students. Make sure you’re staying safe, drink in moderation and know your limits.
It’s estimated that 75 percent of the American population is dehydrated. Dehydration can cause a headache, weakness, increased heart rate, fever, unconsciousness and delirium. Remember to drink plenty of clean water when abroad. Those sunny days in Mexico or long walks in Japan can take a toll on the body. Drink plenty of water from bottles and stay away from the ice cubes.
Drinking plenty of water on long flights can also help with jetlag. According to Harvard Health, coffee and alcohol can worsen your jetlag. So stick with the water and stay hydrated. Most airports have filtered water fill-up stations, so grab your Glasstic and get drinking! These are just a few tips to keep safe while traveling abroad. We recommend that you do your own research before traveling to a new country. And most of all, have fun! Trips like these don’t happen that often. Enjoy every moment and relax.