How to Stay Healthy While Being Abroad

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How to Stay Healthy While Being Abroad

There’s nothing worse than getting sick on your holiday.  Especially when you have been looking forward to it for so long.  A holiday is a time for relaxation and a time to see and experience new cultures and destinations, but it’s hard to get the motivation to explore if all you feel like doing is sitting in bed and watching Netflix because you’re sick.

There’s no substitute for eating well and getting the rest your body needs, but there are some items you should always have with you to try and prevent sickness.

I have prepared some essentials to make sure you stay healthy on either a summer holiday or winter holiday.  Whichever climate you choose make sure you take these essentials with you to make sure you stay healthy while being abroad.


How to Stay Healthy While Being Abroad

Winter Holidays

If you’re escaping to the cold for a spot of skiing or you prefer more wintery destinations, then make sure you take these on board with you.

Vitamin c tablets – Vitamin C is vital to keep your immune system at a high.  If you already eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, then tablets are usually not necessary but we all know once we go on holiday our healthy lifestyle goes a little off the bandwagon.  It’s a great idea to travel with some tablets to make sure your immune system is kept high while on holiday.

Hot lemon water – Another great habit to get into, especially on holiday, is to have a cup of hot water with a slice of lemon first thing in the morning before you eat.  This will detoxify the body and make sure the body is kept healthy.

Diarrhoea tablets and rehydration sachets – Sometimes, unfortunately, you may get a case of food poisoning or water contamination.  This is when diarrhoea tablets are very useful to have in your bag.  You should also keep a couple of rehydration sachets so if you do get diarrhoea you can rehydrate your body quickly.  Read more from Your Legal Friend about food poisoning and what can cause it.

Painkillers – Paracetamol is always a must for me on holiday.  Unfortunately, things can happen, and it calls for a quick painkiller to help ease the pain.

First aid kit – I always carry a first-aid kit when travelling.  It varies from country to country.  For example, if I was travelling to India I would take a lot more with me but some essentials you should add to your kit should be:

  • Antiseptic cream or wipes
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Band-Aids
  • Gauze


How to Stay Healthy While Being Abroad

Summer holidays

For a holiday in the sun I would take some of what I have mentioned in the winter holiday section (such as first-aid kit, painkillers, diarrhoea tablets and rehydration sachets), and I would also add:

Sun lotion – This is vital for any summer destination you plan on going to.  Make sure you get a high SPF sun lotion to protect your skin from the harmful rays.

After sun – If you forget to lather up on sunblock, unfortunately, you may need some after sun.  It’s Aloe Vera based gel which helps soothe the skin after burns.

Insect repellent – An absolute must if you are planning to visit any tropical climates.  Mosquitos can carry infectious diseases, some worse than others, so it’s always good to be prepared and bring some repellent with you.  Make sure you remember to keep lathering it on your body whenever you go out.

Antihistamine cream – In the unfortunate case you do get bitten by mosquitos, if you’re prone to coming out in welts, I would invest in some antihistamine cream, which will reduce the swelling.  This is a great cream to have if you get bitten by anything.  You can also carry with your antihistamine tablets, which can also help with bites and if you suffer from hay fever.


My mother always told me it’s better to be prepared than to be sorry!  If you pack these essentials, whether you’re going on a winter or summer holiday, you are bound to stay healthy.  Tell me below what you take to stay healthy while you’re on holiday!


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  • Reply
    November 10, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I must be the worst. I have never carried any of this haha (have scissors to keep the mustache part under control).

    These all don’t take up much space though. I(Do usually have some green tea and ginger in the backpack).

    My only rule is to eat at least 5 different kinds of fruit and vegetables a day. That’s a basic baseline to hit…maybe don’t reach the goal once a month.

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    Hannah Lukaszewicz
    November 12, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Lol at Jubs comment above, being his friend I believe he has none of this in his bag. I however have all of this in my bag! You never know when you are going to need something.

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    November 12, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I almost always forgot to bring any of this when I travel. LOL. But I recently find the hard way how important it is to have at least painkillers with you (especially paracetamol). Now, I always make it a point to bring at least a couple of tablets with me. Love the idea of having hot lemon water when on holidays, too. We often really forget to eat healthy when we’re enjoying the food and having a wonderful time.

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    November 13, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    This is a very good post because being sick while traveling is the worst that could happen. It will be such a disaster worse than finding out your credit card won’t work. Haha! Thank you for these tips! I would also like to add that we need to do a bit of background check about the sanitation and health situation in a country before we go there!

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    Samantha Sparrow
    November 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    This is such a helpful post as I always end up forgetting something on my travels and having to seek out a local pharmacy! I do think a well stocked first aid kit is one of the most important things you can take away with you and I usually pack all the essentials and medication as well as plasters for shoes that rub my feet!

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    November 13, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration. I exercise a lot during my travels and tend to stay away from alcohol and candies. It also really depends on the destination, for example fruit juices were available everywhere on my recent trip, whereas in Oceania it will be so much more expensive …

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    Renata Green
    November 14, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I agree – and I think that everything you’ve listed is useful. Fortunately I never got seriously sick, but a already a bug I got in Cape Verde made me feel like dying. I tend to get allergic reactions to insect bites so unfortunately antihistamine cream for me is crucial. By the way, I’m taking vitamins also on a summer vacation since from the stress of travelling and the terrible air con on the plane I tend to catch colds and the vitamin tablets are a big help.

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    November 14, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Thank you for sharing these excellent suggestions. I often take vitamin drinks like Emergen-C when I travel – it is easy to get sick when you are jet-lagged and in a new country or region. I realized the hard way that I needed to add a thermometer to my first aid kit and keep it in my carry-on. One of my children developed a fever on a 10+ hour flight. It was stressful!

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    November 14, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I got ill a number of times when we were travelling around Asia and it sucks. The day I went to the Killing Fields, which was an absolute must on my list, I was so ill, I had to stay within running distance of a loo. I always take rehydration sachets and a first aid kit too. So worth it when you need them

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    November 15, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I agree with you; getting sick while travelling means spoiling your holidays. So it is better to take precautions before hand only. The list you have shared here is really useful and we prefer carrying all these with us on our all trips to be safe.

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    November 15, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    What an informative post. It is so useful to us die-hard travelers. When I travel, the weight of my medicine kit is directly proportional to the number of days hahaha and it also depends on where I am going. None of us like to get sick during travel do we?

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    Peter Korchnak
    November 15, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    This is so important to know. No one wants to get sick while traveling, though it does happen of course. An ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure, I like to stay hydrated (making sure the water’s clean) and eat as much fruit/vegetables as possible.

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