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How to Keep Your Family Healthy When Traveling to a Foreign Country 

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March 13, 2023

Journeying to a foreign nation as a family can be a fantastic experience. Travel can provide tremendous opportunities to create unique memories by tasting new foods and exploring new cultures. Still, these voyages can also expose you and your family to health risks that can negatively impact your overall experience. Taking the necessary steps to minimize risks and embrace a new country and culture can help ensure your journey leads to cherished memories. 

Get plenty of sleep 

When traveling to a foreign country, a good night’s sleep is essential for having the energy and alertness necessary to experience all the culture fully has to offer. Research your destination’s time zone and begin preparing alterations to your sleep routine before departing. Three days before leaving, try adjusting your bedtime an hour later or earlier than usual to help offset the difference. Add an hour on the second and third evenings. Wear comfy clothes while flying, and arrive with your international clock set. 

Bring a first-aid kit

Overseas traveling can be adventurous and exciting, but you must implement safety measures. A first-aid kit is essential because you never know when a minor medical emergency or an accident might occur. Therefore, having this handy kit can help. 

Typical items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, etc., help with minor scrapes and cuts. Many generalized kits will also include headache or fever medications. Having these items assembled and readily available allows you to assess and treat any medical situation.

IV hydration therapy  

We all need to prioritize hydration when traveling abroad. If you want to restore your body’s hydration quickly and efficiently, consider hydration IV on your travels, as it can replenish vital nutrients, alleviate discomfort, and boost energy levels. Keeping your body hydrated will make the entire experience much more rewarding and can make your explorations more enjoyable. 

Enjoy the local cuisine, but focus on nutritious food

Eating healthy during your overseas trip can get tricky in a hurry with the unfamiliarity of new and exotic ingredients and traditions. That said, vegetables, whole grains, and fresh fruit will always be healthy options providing minerals and vitamins. Making wise choices as a family regarding eating in a foreign country can help you maintain the motivation to complete your ambitious travel agenda with energy to spare. 

Swimming for moderate exercise 

Getting your body moving and mixing in some physical activity is an ideal way to support your health while traveling. Swimming is a perfect way to stay physically fit, enjoy the scenery, and cool off in warm climates. Additionally, if your family is adventurous in a foreign country, try local exercises. You may be surprised by finding a new and exciting method of fitness that could stay with you for years. 

Not only does staying active keep everyone active, but it also makes for a great cultural experience. Once your family gets over the feeling of being out of the element, swimming and mild exercises provide an outlet for exploration and adventure. By doing this, you are sure to find yourself having an even better time than before. 


Protect your skin – apply sunscreen and wear a hat 

Before you fly overseas to an exotic locale, carry things that protect you from direct sunlight because overexposure to harmful rays can lead to skin damage and uncomfortable sunburns. 

You can prevent or minimize damage from the sun by applying sunscreen and wearing a hat when you are in the sun for a long time, especially true if it is a beach or a sunny destination. With proper protection, your family can enjoy their time abroad without worry and annoying pain, making for better memories. 


Foreign travel can be a rewarding and life-changing experience, but taking the necessary precautions can help you and your family remain happy, healthy, and safe throughout your journey. With some preparation and care, you can enjoy a memorable and beneficial trip with your loved ones with memories that can last a lifetime!

1 Comment
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    Family Duncan

    March 24, 2023

    Hi Kara,
    All good, valid points. Sleep is difficult with young kids though…
    We make sure that all of us on the plane are wearing N95 facemasks for the entire duration, not just for Covis but other nastiness circulating in the air. Otherwise one of us *always* comes back with a cold or some bug. We started doing this even before Covid.

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