Exotic locations – what precautions should I consider?


If you plan to travel to another country soon, especially if it is an exotic one, you might want to talk to your doctor at least six weeks before your departure, so you will have plenty of time to decide what immunizations to consider and what kind of medical insurance to purchase. Depending on the location you are going to visit, the doctor is going to make certain recommendations. You surely heard about the Jeep Compass at Edmunds and the cars used for Safari or long, off-road rides. Well, you need a medical assurance for these too. See what precautions you should consider before leaving.

Immunizations or medications needed

Finding more information about the country you are going to visit is paramount. Read impressions and reviews of other people who visited that respective location. If you are going to go in a place where drinking water is dangerous or infectious disease carriers like mosquitoes, flies, and fleas are present, you need to take better care of your health. Some exotic location is also polluted or abounding in allergens. Swimming in certain seas or oceans is not safe in specific areas, so learn about that too.

Children should get full immunizations.  They are the most exposed to risks so go ahead and inform your doctor about your kid’s medical history and the location you are traveling to. You should get the anti-hepatitis A vaccination yourself. Hepatitis A is one of the most common infectious diseases. Yet, it is easy to prevent vaccination. Pneumococcal vaccination should also be on your list. Elderly and young children are usually at risk for developing pneumonia in an exotic country.

Don’t forget that vaccination against yellow fever has become mandatory if you travel to Africa or South America, which are still considered endemic countries. Yellow fever is a very serious viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes. This disease doesn’t have a specific treatment at the moment and has serious effects and can even be fatal if not kept under control.

Habits to avoid or include in your routine

You should always consume bottled water in the countries you visit. Some exotic countries don’t even have a reliable source of drinking water. It is not recommended to watch your face or teeth with tap water either. Ice-cubes from water whose origin you don’t know can be dangerous as well. Avoid consuming raw fruits and vegetables, as well as seafood or meat that you consider uncooked. Use insect repellents at all times and try to cover your skin as much as you can. Look for hotels that have a canopy bed option. During hot weather, avoid being too much time in the sun. In case you suffer from respiratory problems, allergies or asthma, be careful to pollution. Try traveling while being accompanied by a local guide rather than by yourself. If you become ill during your journey, present yourself to the officials and communicate your problem. Travel with a small first aid kit. It can be very useful in certain situation. Don’t forget your sunscreen!