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Health Tips from Travelers who have been Abroad  

From time to time, we repeat tips from travelers. Here are a few of the latest ones. (Remember our disclosure policy: Triphealthy does not endorse any tips; discuss them with your medical provider or nutritionist.) But we continue to ask for your tips, and will print them from time to time

Alice: I have found that oolong tea keeps me fit in my holiday adventures, as well as aches after strenuous activities.

Allen: In some travels, I make sure that I have a good insect repellent, long pants and sleeves for important protection against serious diseases transmitted by insects.

Perry: I drink plenty of water.

Jack: I like to drink instant energy juices.

Rhoda: I drink fresh juices, especially banana and apple.

Lucy: Eat lots of fresh fruit in traveling.

Daisy: Avoid heavy foods; stick with nutritious ones.

Shane: Take extra medicine with you, in case your return trip is delayed.

John #2: Have your first aid kit as a travel companion.

Jerome: Pack carry-on luggage strategically.

Sam: I start taking vitamin C the day before I get on a plane. Then all the time I travel, I take multivitamins so I don’t wear out.




Safety Tips when Traveling Abroad 

Travelers can be targets for thieves, as they may stand out in a crowd, as they seem befuddled by their surroundings. Tourists are believed to carry cash, credit cards and other valuables, such as expensive jewelry. Please, reduce your risk of being robbed or mugged by taking a few easy precautions. Some suggestions are: 

* Keep your travel itinerary (including lodging details) to yourself.

* Avoid hitch hiking.

* Try not to travel or walk at night.

* Keep a photocopy of your passport and other important documents in a safe and secure place.

* Use ATMs, especially when and where there are people around. And, rely more on credit cards than cash.

* If possible, stay away from areas where riots or civil disturbances are expected to take place.

* Don’t stand out in a crowd. Even if you are not sure where you are going, walk as if you have a purpose and direction.

* Avoid looking like a stereotypical tourist, especially with a camera hanging around your neck. Be discreet when reading a map (perhaps ask for directions rather than stand around with an open large map).

* Carry your money somewhere other than in a belt around your waist. Consider carrying a second wallet holding a small amount of cash…you can then turn it over should you be confronted by a mugger and avoid further distress.




Stay Outdoors for a Healthy Trip Abroad

We have just written about your planning for some physical fitness time out while you are at your lodging during your stay abroad (January 19, 2012).  In this post, we offer an alternative idea, based on our reading of a new report published in the scientific journal “Environmental Science and Technology.” 

The report concluded that well-being is not only achieved in a gym; it can be done outdoors with Mother Nature. The authors felt that even short periods of exercise outdoors can make one feel healthy. “Forget the gym,” an English daily newspaper reported; “An open-air workout can work wonders for the mind.”

Outdoor activities include walking, cycling, fishing, boating, horse-back riding and gardening. These can be undertaken in urban parks, countryside sites, woodlands, and waterside areas.

The study’s conclusion was that mood and self-esteem levels were altered after “green exercise.” The researchers found that such benefits could be measured within five minutes of such exercise, and even ten minutes of exposure produced body and mind changes for the better.

The researchers wrote that “this study confirms that the environment provides an important health service and that exercising in wilderness areas or near water tended to have the biggest impact on mental state…and that the greatest changes were seen in the young and the mentally ill.”

So, we ask you to try to find a park-like setting during your stay, perhaps even sitting outside at a sidewalk café can be beneficial. Or, find a fountain to sit near; there are so many in foreign cities. (Readers, please let us know your own anecdotal experiences.)




Staying Healthy and Fit while Traveling for Business

Travel equals stress. So, business travelers, please plan on relieving stress by exercising…even if you don’t do it at home!

Hotel: Try to book lodging in a hotel that has some sort of gym and/or pool. Obviously, this will alleviate your need to search for a site. And, you might wind up finding an interesting gym buddy (and possible future client).

Pack gym shoes and a set of workout clothes. Since you are carrying them with you, you might be reminded about engaging in some sort of exercise

Take some nutrition bars with you (you may not be able to buy a recognizable kind while abroad, nor be able to spend the time searching for some). Nuts are another healthy packable snack. 

Food selection on airplanes and foreign trains may be limited. Just watch for selections that are reasonably healthy, yet appealing to you in order to pass the time while travelling.

Plan to make time in your daily schedule for “time out” health periods. Mark time on your planner for workouts, snack times, and nap or sleep times. Hopefully, your schedule will permit the same time periods each day.

Expense accounts are great. And, since you are traveling for business, we are aware of temptations. Sure enjoy yourself, and treat business associates well, but keep in the back of your mind the motivation to stay healthy by not overdoing food and drink.




Tips for a Fire Emergency in your Hotel 

As soon as you arrive in your room, drop your baggage and look around for your fire safety instructions. Do it first...before you get settled and either relax from your trip, or head out for your first day of adventures!

Exit Route:

  1. Study your exit/escape route from your room. First look for evacuation instructions usually found on the inside of your room door, or check if there is an emergency instruction sheet in the room. Or ask the front desk for a plan.  
  2. Study the floor plan, and practice an escape route.
  3. Locate the nearest fire extinguishers and see how to use them.

Before  going to Bed:

Always put your shoes next to the bed (shoes can make your escape easier). Near your shoes, place your:

  • cell phone,
  • ID (drivers license and passport),
  • wallet,
  • cash,
  • credit cards,
  • eye glasses or contact lenses,
  • room key, and

Remember: Don’t worry about your personal property in case of a fire. Leave everything else behind...don’t waste time packing.

In Case of Fire:

Feel the door before opening. If the door or doorknob is hot, don’t open it!

- Stay in your room if a fire or smoke is blocking the hall exits.

- Should smoke be seeping into your room, place wet towels at the bottom of the door. Turn on the bathroom vent, if available.

- If you can leave the room, close the door, to keep out smoke in case you have to return.

Stay low to the ground; if need be, crawl. Stay near the wall to guide you.

Do NOT use any elevators. Take the stairs.

If your room is on fire or filled with heavy smoke. Cover your nose and head with a wet piece of clothing or towel and stand by the windows for help to see you.

Get medical attention promptly after you escape, even if you initially feel free from complications of smoke inhalation or burns.

Remember: Don’t panic...even while others around you do! If you have followed these guideline, then you will be better prepared to calm your panic.

A good source to read more about surviving hotel fires is the US Fire Administration,