Traveling to any destination anywhere in the world can be hard both emotionally and physically. Peru and South America are no exception, so you need to take care of your health to enjoy your Peruvian vacation. This article contains tips for healthy travel and some advice to stay healthy during your vacation.
Tip number 1. Visit a medical clinic before you travel, your doctor will be able to give you the injections you need for the locations you wish to visit. Vaccines and medications are one of the best ways to protect yourself while traveling. Vaccines for Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Cholera and Travelers Diarrhea are the most common you will need when traveling to South America.
Tip number 2. A good first aid kit, you may think that you do not need this but this is an essential part of any trip. Take the essentials like anti diarrheal medication, antihistamine, anti-motion sickness medication, pain relievers, laxative, antacid, anti-bacterial ointment, hand sanitizer, band aids, cream for sunburn and rehydration salts. If you don’t need it then great, but it is better to have it.
Tip number 3. Travel Insurance. We all know when traveling this is an extra expense that you might not be able to afford, but a basic policy is essential for every trip you take. If something were to happen, you can at least rely on your policy to help get you home. Without it, you may be in serious trouble.
Tip number 4. If you’re traveling somewhere where there are mosquitos make sure you cover up, wear long sleeve shirts and long pants. Protect the back of your neck and apply insect repellent every few hours. Make sure that the jungle lodge that you are staying has netting over the beds to protect you at night. You can buy netting from camping stores before you leave home.
Tip number 5. If you are traveling to a location where it is hot, be sure to cover up with lightweight clothing to protect yourself from the sun. Try not to stay too long out in the sun or the heat and remember to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
Tip number 6. Anywhere you travel in the world you need to be careful with the drinking water. Normally what most people do is buy bottled water, this is the best idea but make sure that the seal is intact. Taking purification tablets with you is a good idea if you feel that you will not be able to get bottled water, the taste is a little strange but it is better than getting sick. Hot drinks also are the way to go, as you know that the water has been boiled.
Tip number 7. We all know that traveling and different foods that you aren’t used to can play havoc on our stomachs. This is inevitable in most third world countries, so be careful and never go into an empty restaurant, go to one that is full. Unless you are really brave steer away from street food. Although looks and smells can seem delicious, it might be wise to not take the chance. If you really would like to try street food save it for the food capital of Peru, Lima. If you are vegetarian than there are plenty of vegetarian restaurants in Cusco and in all of Peru so you don’t need to worry about finding food.
Tip number 8. When you arrive in Peru you may suffer from jet lag. To make the most of your trip, when you arrive try and get into the local hour as soon as you can and don’t go to bed until night time, this will help you with the time change. It is a good idea to get some fresh air, so if you are feeling bad go outside. For the first few days in a new location, try to avoid alcohol and if you can try to, get some sleep on the flight.