If you’re in a malaria zone, use mosquito spray (buy it locally) but most important of all, use a mosquito net when sleeping. It’s a good idea to buy one before you travel from Amazon, as more often than not, mosquito nets in hostels have seen better days. Malaria is rarely fatal, but no drug is 100% effective against all the different strains. Also Dengue Fever is on the increase, and there’s no immunisation against that yet! Prevention is better than cure!
Always buy water from regular stores and check the seal! Buying bottled water off the street can leave you feeling very ill, as sometimes it’s just re-sealed by enterprising children looking to boost their income! Apart from fancy hotels and restaurants, avoid ice in drinks as well.
Remember refrigeration overseas in some areas just isn't up to our standards, so rather than eat meat which may be spoiled, go vegetarian for a few days!
You can buy these on the web in handy small bags, and they have plasters, antiseptic wipes, Paracetamol and bandages in them. If you do have a mishap, you’ll be pleased you bought it! And, if you do use something from it, don’t forget to replace it when you get the opportunity!
Sounds strange, but when we go away we suddenly think we’re invincible! It may be due to the euphoria of travelling, maybe a few too many beers or peer pressure. Sure, if you go to Queenstown you’ll have a go at Bungee Jumping, but don’t jump into a river from a great height thinking it’ll be fun when you’re in Vietnam. The water may only be a few inches deep! Also, if you’re feeling ill, don’t start a big trek like the Inca Trail. The altitude will make you feel much worse very quickly, and may result in you being helicoptered off the Inca Trail, airlifted to Lima and then all the way back home. Your trip is then over!
OK, you can’t avoid them totally, but the accident levels in Asia and South America are eye-wateringly high. Our travel insurance covers you if you ride a motorcycle up to 125cc and you wear a crash helmet, but do be careful, and be especially careful of motorcycle taxis. If you ride a motorcycle at home, you probably already know that if you fall off, you’re always the loser. In parts of Asia, especially Vietnam and Cambodia, deaths due to scooter accidents are estimated to be many hundreds per month!
If you've been ill for a few days and have been taking lots of fluids but still feel ill, go to a Doctor. It’s better to do this than not go and then get admitted to hospital a week later. Ask your hotel/hostel for the name of a local Doctor or go to a medical clinic. True Traveller Insurance will pay for the costs if you have your insurance with us, as to be honest it’s cheaper for the insurance to pay $200 for your Doctor, than maybe $5000 or more to a hospital a week later!