It’s not just the language, customs and traditions that are different abroad. Your body will also have to get used to new food, the drinking water, hygiene, climate, widespread or exotic germs and many other factors.
There’s a lot more to think about if you’re planning to travel through one or more climate zones (e.g. tropics, subtropics) or developing/newly industrialised countries instead of staying in European countries. Some guides such as www.safetravel.ch provide updates on current developments in countries around the world. You should consider the following when travelling abroad:
In many far-flung destinations you may be exposed to – sometimes incurable – illnesses which you need to be vaccinated against, such as Hepatitis B. In such cases, prevention is certainly better than cure. Talk to your family doctor about any vaccinations you may need or contact Medgate for advice. The quickest way is to use the Sanitas Medgate app. You’ll receive professional advice on vaccinations and travel – free of charge.
Have you heard about the Sanitas digital vaccination pass? It gives you an overview of your vaccinations at any time. You can also choose to receive reminders about upcoming primary vaccinations. The digital vaccination pass is integrated in the Sanitas Portal app.
Put together a complete first-aid kit – ask your local pharmacist for advice. Once you’ve arrived at your destination, follow the example of local residents. Adjust your dietary requirements and daily habits to the local climate. If you feel unwell, contact a doctor or go to a hospital. When it comes to food hygiene: be sure to peel fruit in countries that have lower standards of hygiene and don’t drink the tap water. Opt for cooked food instead of raw to reduce the risk of diarrhoea caused by germs or bacteria.
Jet lag happens when you cross time zones and your body needs time to catch up with your environment. One solution is to adapt immediately to the routine of your new home. During the first few days of jet lag we recommend that you drink plenty of water, eat healthy, light meals and go to bed early in the evening if you’re tired. Avoid caffeine-heavy beverages as a means of staying awake.
In a medical emergency abroad, you have round-the-clock access to a network of specialists: +41 844 124 365.