We’ve actually been incredibly lucky while on our travels so far that we’ve not had any major illnesses. James suffered with really bad hay fever while in Germany and we had the crazy tale of trying to get to see a doctor in a town where they only spoke German and Russian! Marcus also had tummy upsets but it was while we were in the UK, so proof that it can really happen anywhere.
I think it’s also a misnomer that you can only really have tummy upsets while in developing countries and I do think that any sort of change is going to potentially have an effect on your gut. We’re travelling to the USA, for the first time, in two weeks. Even though it’s not a place that I would think would be bad for us and that we’d need to take precautions I’m sure the change in water and the change in they types of food could well be challenging for us or anyone.
So what to do? Well, normally I’ll admit I would just take it all as it comes, but then generally in our travels we’ve had time to slow down if we needed to. We won’t when we go to the US, we’ll be pretty much on the go from the moment we arrive. Any illness could really impact us hugely.
Common sense prevails though. In order to keep healthy and feel fresh on arrival in a new country I’m thinking about the following:
- plenty of sleep
- plenty of water and fluids
- staying out of the intense heat if applicable
- not going crazy with too much food too soon! (hmm remind me of that in america!)
- keeping a well stocked first aid kit
Another thing we’re doing is also be looking at upping our good tummy bacteria too as I’ve been reading a bit about probiotics and prebiotics lately. We try and take vitamins already, since I know we don’t eat as well as we can so this is a great extra thing to do.
We could do that by just go crazy with yoghurt drinks, but personally I don’t really like them very much. The rest of the family do, but I’m a fussy so and so So I was pleased to find a product from Bimuno Prebiotics which is some chewy pastilles that do a similar job – I’ll be giving them a go! Better than yucky yoghurt drinks!!
Although I don’t think you can always stop tummy upsets and health issues when you go abroad being prepared can absolutely help to minimise the risk so that’s what we’ll be doing. Even if we’re just popping over the channel to France and not to deepest darkest India!