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How to stay well while travelling in Asia

Staying well while travelling could be a problem, but travel round Asia has its own well being challenges and there are a number of particular belongings you need to concentrate on to stay well while travelling round Asia.

Managing Jet Lag

Jet lag is your body’s approach of telling you that the daytime in the place you’re in don’t match up with its expectations of regular daytime. It’s a quite common drawback after an extended haul flight into a brand new time zone and it’s one of the things that may weaken your immunity to new bugs and sicknesses. So managing jet lag is necessary to your enjoyment of your Asian journey.

The key to minimising jet lag is to eat as little as potential during long haul flights and drink numerous water … water, not alcohol. The extra water you possibly can drink through the flight, the much less you will experience jet lag on arrival. In fact just a little sleep on the flight additionally helps.

To handle jet lag you want to shortly reset your physique clock to the new time zone. This implies don’t climb into mattress if you get to your lodge if it’s the middle of the day, and don’t eat breakfast just because the final meal you had was dinner. Get straight into the rhythm of your vacation spot. If it’s noon at your vacation spot if you arrive, have lunch and use your afternoon to discover, even when you’re tired. Eat dinner when the solar goes down and go to mattress at your ordinary time, however in accordance to the new time zone. Once you get up subsequent morning, your physique clock might be reset.

Stay Hydrated All The Time

Most popular Asian tourist destinations are in the tropics, so it’s going to be scorching and doubtless quite humid as well. Your body will lose a variety of water by means of sweat in these environments, and you need to exchange that water via the day.

Staying well hydrated in the warmth provides your body an opportunity to battle off any minor bugs and sicknesses you may encounter in your travels.

Simply ensure the water you’re consuming is protected and clear. Asian nations might not have the same water remedy and filtration standards you’re accustomed to, so don’t drink the water out of the tap. Drink bottled water from correctly sealed bottles. I often buy water in shops like Tesco or 7-11 where it’s very low cost, however your lodge or visitor home will often supply some bottled water too.

Attempt to drink 7-8 bottles of water every day throughout your travels, and extra should you’re on adventure tours where you’re bodily lively and in the solar a lot of the day. It’s going to also show you how to manage sunburn.

By all means have a beer or a glass of wine … I do! But hold it to the evenings after the solar goes down and have a glass of water earlier than every glass of alcohol to hold your body well hydrated, because alcohol will suck the water from your body quicker than you’ll be able to substitute it.

Slip Slop Slap!

Let’s say this once more … hottest Asian tourist locations are in the tropics and it’s going to be scorching, typically very popular. Sunburn and even sunstroke could be main risks to your well being whenever you journey round in Asia so keep in mind to slip, slop, slap, search and slide your means by way of your Asian vacation.

At house you may give you the option to handle sun protection by avoiding extended publicity in the center of the day, say from 11-3. However in many elements of Asia the solar might be burning you at 8-9 AM and nonetheless be burning you at 5-6 PM! Don’t take that probability.

Sporting sun-smart clothes with a UV safety score doesn’t mean you will have to seem like a wally on the seashore. There are trendy options round now that may nonetheless give you safety from the solar while nonetheless being trendy, like Solbari Sun Safety Wraps or Seafolly seashore shirts for the women, or Quicksilver surf shirts and Forte arm sleeves for the blokes. Just Google “sun smart clothing”.

Sunscreen is a must if you find yourself outdoor in most elements of Asia, even excessive in the mountains of Nepal or Bhutan the place you possibly can freeze your butt off and nonetheless get sunburn. Verify the use-by date on that bottle because out-of-date sunscreen won’t be supplying you with the safety you assume. Use at the least an SPF-30 sunscreen, however SPF-50 is best. Don’t simply put it on as soon as, apply it every hour or two via the day and especially after you come out of the water. Don’t trust the advertising hype on the label. Sunburn really will spoil your holiday.

Should you’re going browsing, kayaking, sailing or driving motorbikes, anything that exposes you to each sun and wind, the danger is even greater. Wind burn is a large drawback for travellers in Asia and you need additional safety to avoid it. Zinc sunblock lotions in your lips, nose, cheeks and forehead are important. Maintain your head coated and use sunscreen twice as typically as you normally would. And drink twice as much water.

You’ll be able to all the time spot the tourists in a tropical destination … they’re the fools that stroll on the sunny aspect of the road. When you watch the locals, they’re all strolling on the shady aspect and that’s as a result of they know the sun will harm them. Find shade where ever you’ll be able to and don’t spend prolonged durations in the sun in the event you can avoid it.

Sun shades will not be a trend assertion in Asia, they are a well being statement. The sun can injury your eyes just as it will probably injury your skin and good high quality sun shades are a must for those who’re going to avoid eye injury from the tough sun. Don’t buy $5 sun shades from the road vendor, they are going to be pretend they usually might do more harm than good. Get yourself a great high quality pair of genuine brand-name polarised sunnies earlier than you allow house … and wear them each time you go outdoors.

Watch What You Eat and The place You Eat It

Food is likely one of the foremost causes I like to travel round Asia. It’s an enormous part of the Asian journey expertise and an element you need to take pleasure in as much as potential. Just watch where you take pleasure in it and what you’re eating.

From my expertise, most freshly cooked meals are relatively protected even once they may look a bit of dodgy. I’ve eaten steamed pork dumplings that have been prepared in the blazing scorching sun, by hand and without hand sanitizer, however because they have been steamed for 10 minutes or so at excessive temperature any germs or bacteria have been well and really destroyed. The identical dumplings in a bain marie food hotter in your native lodge buffet will not be so protected.

In truth I’ve experienced more “food poisoning” events eating meals in major motels and from so-called protected food retailers than I’ve ever had from consuming Asian road meals. Prawns in your lodge’s nasi goreng is usually a huge drawback, as can poorly prepared fish. Pizza, in my experience, can be an enormous danger when eaten in Asia.

Any food washed in tap water or stream water, like recent salad vegetables and fruit, can harbour nasty micro organism that may send you over the edge in a short time. All the time verify that the ice in your glass has been made with bottled water, not faucet water. If in doubt, simply keep away from it.

I favor to eat freshly made stir-fries, noodle dishes cooked in steaming scorching soups, boiled rice still in the cooker, deep fried or grilled meals and something the place I can see that the cooking course of goes to kill any residual micro organism. Unusually, I’ve by no means been sick eating this type of food (and my companion will inform you I do have a “sensitive stomach”).

Stay Clean!

I don’t mean you shouldn’t play in the mud or get dirty. I imply you need to do your greatest not to ingest bugs and illnesses from dirty palms.

I can’t help however chuckle once I see tourists operating around in Asia with face masks in order that they don’t catch some airborne illness and destroy their holiday. I snort as a result of a lot of the infections and sicknesses you’re possible to encounter round Asia (and in most different elements of the world) are transferred by skin contact, not by air. Most of the time, they’re ingested by rubbing your eyes together with your arms.

Washing your arms repeatedly with a superb high quality anti-bacterial hand wash is the important thing to avoiding Asian influenzas and most of the bugs that may lay you up for days. In my experience, a lot of the “Delhi Belly” sort sicknesses are actually abdomen bugs, not meals poisoning, and they’re caught from hand rails, countertop benches, automotive door handles, lodge door handles and bogs. Hand sanitizer is the important thing to avoiding them. Carry a bottle in your bag at all times and use it ceaselessly!

Attempt Not To Behave Stupidly

What brings more vacationers undone in Asia than anything is simply not considering by means of what you’re doing. There’s more than enough excitement and adventure to go round with out taking unnecessary risks. Simply keep in mind that the security standards and the tolerance for danger in Asia could be very totally different to what you’re used to at house.

Simply crossing the street in places like Bangkok or Jakarta or Hanoi might be dangerous sufficient without desirous about jumping on a motorcycle or jumping off a bridge with a twine round your ankles. I’m not saying don’t have fun, simply assume it via earlier than you leap.

When you may assume it’s OK to pop a capsule in a dance membership at residence, doing so in a club in Asia might simply land you in jail for the remainder of your life, or worse. The sorts of people that offer you medicine in clubs around Asia can typically be questionable – they could possibly be providing you anything, or they might be undercover police or paid informants. You just don’t know.

What To Do If Sick or Injured

So despite all my nice recommendations on how to stay wholesome while travelling round in Asia, you or your companion or youngster or good friend find yourself groaning in the toilet or worse. What are you going to do? Who’re you going to name? What’s going to happen?

Getting really sick in a overseas country could be pretty scary. I do know as a result of it’s occurred to me in the USA, in Indonesia, in Papua New Guinea and different bizarre places. It’s also occurred to my associate in Croatia and in Thailand.

I find that the perfect factor to do first is speak to your lodge or guest home employees. They will often advise you about choices for medical attention and sometimes they’ll have an on-call physician or health clinic who can ship someone to your room to verify you over. When you have respectable travel insurance your costs will normally be reimbursed or even paid instantly by the insurer.

Medical clinics and hospitals in Asian nations will not be as terrible as you may think. Most popular vacationer locations have clinics that specialise in treating foreigners and their standards are fairly high. I’ve been unlucky sufficient to end up in a couple of Asian hospitals at numerous occasions and I’ve additionally been very happy with the docs, nurses and standards of care practised there. Your travel insurer can typically advocate applicable clinics or hospitals in your space.


Travelling around Asia is usually fairly protected and the risks, comparable to they’re, may be managed so long as you propose ahead and take the essential precautions. I hope your travels in Asia are protected and I welcome your feedback and feedback about this publish. Please share your stories, both good and dangerous. We’d love to hear them.