You work hard all season in order to afford a vacation and relax. A little preparation and research is a must for you and your familys safety and health on the trip. No one wants to be sick on their vacation and ruin the experience.

Before planning a vacation to any place, you should check the climate of that place. Compare it with your citys climate and carry the essential clothing. In addition, keep a list of the common and useful telephone numbers always with you, such as the Dublin airport phone number.

Is the place you’re travelling to safe?

Another thing you should take care about is the common diseases in the country you are visiting. Consult your doctor and make of a list of all the medicines for these diseases. It’s always better to take the vaccines beforehand. Also, if any of your family members is allergic to a medicine, make a note of it.

Always carry the medicines your family members take. It is unlikely that these will be available in the county you visit. Also make sure that these medicines are legal in the country you visit. You can be arrested for drug smuggling if they arent. It is best that the family go for a health check-up both before and after the vacation.

What you should avoid when travelling

You should also know about the local cuisine of the country you visit and compare it with your own. Always carry a bag of packaged food from your native place. In case your family has an infant, carry the milk powder from your native place. It is likely that you might not find the same brand in the country you visit. Remember that infants are most likely to fall sick while travelling.

If you are visiting Asia or Africa, remember that the local tap water here is not safe. It is not treated the same way as in developed countries. Use only bottled water to drink and check the seal. Also, do not put ice in drinks as freezing the water preserves germs, rather than killing them. Avoid uncooked food, unpeeled fruits and vegetables in salads, and also food from street vendors.

Safetly planning activities

If you plan to go on a hike, beware of swimming in fresh water because you will be exposed to parasitic diseases such as bilharzia. It is important to keep a watch on children near the water. Safety devices such as life jackets and goggles should be brought from home if you wish to spend time on water. Take proper measures to avoid insect bites, carry an insect repellent at all times.

Common illnesses that travellers pick up result from eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Water-borne and food-borne, diseases (like cholera, hepatitis, typhoid, tuberculosis, and rabies) are common.