A gap year is a time when your body's working overtime for you to have the time of your life and to help you make fantastic memories on the go. Thus, it is pivotal to be at the top of your health to keep this machine well-oiled and without any hiccups to make the most of your gap year plans.
No matter if you’re traveling with a group or going solo, any health concerns arising while being on the road might prove to be a pooper for you as well as others’ extraordinary travel plans.
As the old saying goes- “Precaution is better than cure” and it certainly bears true for all the gappers out there. So, here goes a health checklist to ensure that your gap year goes healthy and happy.
Vaccinations- A foolproof travel health regime starts way long before departure, first with your consultation with a travel doctor. A travel doctor is your sure-shot way of knowing all about the vaccinations that you need to get underway before leaving and also for lending useful health advice.
Travel Insurance- Health insurance also plays an important role in pre-departure preparations. A gap year health insurance is a tad bit different being a long-term travel plan and you need to be wise while choosing a long-term cover plan. Keep in mind, you should never go thrifty on your travel insurance even if you have to compromise with your travel budget because a good insurance means maximum cover and thus worry-free traveling.
Freshness and personal hygiene
Personal Hygiene- Remember, hygiene always starts with you and it is absolutely imperative to pack in useful personal hygiene products and even keeping some of them on your persons at all times. When traveling, rather than cribbing about lack of amenities, which is quite possible when traveling to different countries around the world, it is better to be prepared to combat such situations. Your personal hygiene pack should have-
- Kleenex or wet-tissues
- Antiseptic creams or gels
- Toilet paper rolls
- Sanitary napkins and disposable bags
Freshness- Keeping your mind and body fresh is an important part of staying healthy and feeling lively. When your body feels fresh, your mind inadvertently feels rejuvenated which in turn makes you active and gives a skip in your step. Do not skip out on those daily showers and make it a routine of changing and cleaning dirty clothes and inner wears. These few simple things could prove to be enough to keep your mind and body healthy!
Food and Drinks
Eating well is going to be a big part of your travel health regime because a healthy gut means happy you. Exercising a bit of caution when eating abroad can go a long way in maintaining your health. Things to keep in mind when it comes to drinks and food on your gap year-
- Avoid food stalls that have flies around them
- Eat street food prepared in front of you
- Make sure to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them
- Avoid eating undercooked fish or meat items
- Avoid unpasteurized dairy products
- Be cautious when trying seafood as it goes off really easily
- Ensure that the local water is safe to drink. If not, use purification tablets or iodine.
- Be sure to drink ample water every day.
Personal health concerns
Most travelers believe in carrying basic medicine kits with meds for motion sickness, stomach problems, headache, pain and other easily treatable ailments. You should also opt for packing a small medicine kit after consulting your doctor about what should be in that kit. If you have any personal health concern or a need for prescribed medicines, then be sure to pack in ample of your prescription meds for your gap year travel and don’t leave anything to chance. If you have any particular allergies, do carry shots for the same and do declare your allergies and personal health concerns to your fellow travel mates, if any.
Granted maintaining a sleep routine while on your gap year doesn’t seem much appealing, but always remember a proper sleep cycle can keep many illnesses at bay. Lack of proper sleep is one of the most known side effects of traveling. You should maintain a sleep cycle of at least 6 hours a day to recharge your battery.
Maintaining your health should be a top priority while in your gap year. And the pre-departure kit of each of our programs at GDA covers all the bases of health and safety standards of any country that you’ll be traveling to. So rid your mind of all the worries and get your gap year plan going!