Travelers’ health insurance

50% of people who travel develop a travel-related illness. All travelers should be well prepared for their trip and take precautions to avoid contracting travel-related illness. This issue discusses various aspects of travel-related illness and the associated protective measures.

Travel, according to Ayurveda, vitiates the vata dosha. Vata dosha regulates all bodily functions such as digestion, respiration, excretion, nerve impulse transmission, reflexes, and body movements. When vata becomes vitiated as a result of travel, all of these normal bodily functions become imbalanced as well. Disturbances in bodily functions manifest as travel-related illness.

Severe motion sickness:

Almost every human body is prone to motion sickness. The primary unwelcome symptoms of motion sickness are fatigue, giddiness, sleep deprivation, nausea, and vomiting. While traveling, abstain from alcoholic beverages, pain relievers, spicy foods, fried foods, and junk foods. Make an effort to unwind and select a window seat. Avoid reading or conversing. Alternatively, observe someone who is motion sick.

Consume light fare. While traveling, incorporate pomegranate, ginger, and curds into your diet. As soon as you finish eating, rinse your mouth and wash your face with cold water.

Diarrhea:

Though travelers’ diarrhea is a minor inconvenience, it can be life threatening at times. Travelers frequently experience digestive upsets as a result of stress, time zone changes, irregular meal times, and new foods. However, severe diarrhea during travel is caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. The best course of action is to take numerous precautions.

Hands are frequently washed. Utilize sanitizing liquids, hand washes, or gels that effectively cleanse hands without the use of water. Rather than towels, always use disposable hygienically packed tissue papers. Avoid street and roadside food, as well as buffets. Choose food that is properly cooked and served hot. Generally, thick-skinned fruits that you can peel yourself are safe. Steer clear of raw or undercooked meat, fish, raw vegetables, and salads. Use unpasteurized milk and milk products with caution. Always use bottled mineral water, canned juices, and beverages that have been sealed. Never use ice cubes or bottled beverages that have not been sealed. It is safe to consume bottled beer, wine, and hot coffee or tea. Consume beverages in their original containers or in clean glasses.
If you experience mild diarrhea, consume light, soft, and semi-solid foods such as idli, soups, and so on that are easily digestible. Avoid foods that are heavy, spicy, or not vegetarian. Consume a variety of fruit juices. (canned or packaged hygienically.) Maintain adequate hydration. Consult a physician as soon as possible if diarrhea results in dehydration.

Constipation:

Constipation is a common symptom of traveling because one’s normal diet and daily routines are disrupted. Consume plenty of water and fiber-rich foods to avoid constipation.

Attempt to maintain consistent meal times.

Each morning, drink a large glass of water. Avoid excessive tea or coffee consumption. Before going to bed, taking two thriphala tablets with warm water helps to normalize bowel movements. Pregnancy should be avoided when taking these tablets.

Feet that are weary

Even healthy individuals can develop blood clots in their legs following extended periods of travel. Attempt to walk occasionally. Consume water, stretch your calf muscles while seated, and wear compression stockings.
Bathe your tired feet in a foot bath: Massage a small amount of coconut oil into your feet and soak them in warm water. To warm water, add a few drops of lavender oil, peppermint oil, or sandalwood oil. Rub your foot after a foot bath. After a foot bath, unwind.

Malaria Prevention:

Wear mosquito repellent to avoid mosquito bites and malaria.

Between dusk and dawn, remain indoors. Generally, this is when malaria-carrying mosquitoes feed. Use insect repellent on your clothing and bedding. When outdoors, wear socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. While sleeping, use a mosquito net. Stay in a screened-in, air-conditioned room.

Inflight jet lag

To avoid jet lag, get plenty of rest prior to departing. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption during the flight. Consume well-balanced meals and abstain from overeating. While on your trip, get as much exercise as possible. Acclimate to a new time zone by following the local meal and sleep schedules.

Accidents:

Avoid driving in unfamiliar areas where you are unfamiliar with the regional language, road conditions, traffic rules, and vehicle condition. Choose your mode of transport carefully. Examine the transportation’s security and life-saving features. Choose a cab equipped with seat belts, a hotel equipped with a fire escape, or a ferry equipped with life preservers. Never swim in unfamiliar rivers or seas if you are unfamiliar with the sea’s currents and waves.

Sex:

Have secure sex with unfamiliar new partners. Alcohol, drugs, and sex are a lethal cocktail.

Immunization:

Immunize yourself with vaccines prior to traveling. Avoid contact with animal bites and saliva. If you are bitten by a dog, immediately wash the wound with soap and water.

Traveling while pregnant:

If you choose to travel while pregnant, the best time is during the second trimester (weeks 14–27). Consult your consulting physician prior to traveling and provide him with sufficient information about the destinations you will be visiting, the mode of transport you will be using, and so on.

Travel tips for senior citizens

Consult your physician for a checkup and to discuss your fitness level.

Consult your dentist and optometrist. Maintain a small medical kit with a spare pair of glasses and any necessary medications. If necessary, arrange for travel health insurance that includes coverage for pre-existing conditions. Ascertain that it includes provisions for emergency evacuation. Ensure that routine immunizations are completed prior to traveling. Consider your back and opt for luggage with integrated wheels. Take appropriate clothing and hats for the climate.

Additional safety precautions include the following:

Consult the regional office or the internet to determine the status of the locations you intend to visit. The destinations must be free of riots, terrorism, flooding, and other natural disasters.

Tensions in the mind:

Travel preparations elicit anxiety and tension. Here are a few relaxing tips to keep in mind before and during your travels.
1. Close your eyes and take five deep breaths through your nose, focusing solely on your breathing.
2. A hot shower helps to relax your muscles, as does a break from more stressful activities.
3. Laugh. Laughter aids in relaxation. Find people who can make you laugh and brighten your days.
4. Listen to soothing music.
5. Take a walk.
6. Obtain a hug.

A visit to your family physician, as well as some forethought and planning, will help ensure the success and enjoyment of your trip. We wish you an enjoyable, memorable, safe, and healthy travel experience.