Five tips to plan a healthier family trip

Family at the beach

Going on a holiday should be fun and exciting. However, getting sick with a cold, traveler’s diarrhea or something more serious can ruin your trip.

Whether you’re headed to a tropical resort, African safari or traveling through Europe, here are some tips recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada for staying healthy.

  1. Do your research and stay up to date. Search travel.gc.ca by country name to find health, security and other risks related to your destination before you go. You can also stay up-to-date by signing up for the Registration of Canadians Abroad service and by downloading the Travel Smart app.
  2. Get vaccinated. There are health risks associated with travel, even when traveling to well-developed countries. Visit a healthcare professional or a travel health clinic at least six weeks before you leave to make sure you receive any recommended or required vaccinations, such as measles, yellow fever, and hepatitis A or B.
  3. Practice basic hygiene. It’s easy to forget the simple stuff when you’re excited. It’s always important to wash your hands frequently especially before eating or preparing food. Pack and use an alcohol-based sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  4. Pack a travel health kit. You never know when you’ll need allergy medicine or a bandage. Make sure your travel health kit contains insect repellant, first aid supplies, medications, and emergency contact lists.
  5. Watch what you eat. Whether you’re eating or drinking from a street vendor or a fine dining restaurant, there could be health risks. Eat foods that are well cooked and served hot, especially meat and seafood. Drink water only if it has been boiled, disinfected or is in a commercially sealed bottle.

Find your travel health kit supply list and other travel health information on travel.gc.ca/health.

Sourcewww.newscanada.com