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Table of Contents
- Extra Safety Tips for Women
- Travel Insurance
- Tipping & Etiquette
- General Travel
Health Guide For Traveling In India
- In developing and third world countries it is often wise to avoid raw vegetables, salads, unpeeled fruit, raw shellfish (clams, oysters, etc.), cream, ice cream, ice cubes and even undercooked or cold food, which can be contaminated. Freshly cooked foods are often safer.
- Try to avoid swimming, bathing and wading in freshwater streams and marshes as they often contain microbes that can make you sick. It pays to check with authorities to confirm that there is nothing dangerous in the water if you intend on swimming.
- See your doctor and check with a Travel Health advisory such as the Centers for Disease Control or the World Health Organization to see what shots you need for the country you are visiting. Remember to do the same for children who are traveling with you.
- Wash your hands as often as possible.
- Bring insect repellant & sunscreen – some insects carry diseases such as malaria. Mosquitoes generally bite from dusk to dawn, but some are daytime biters. When outside, try to wear light colored clothing, long pants and long sleeved shirts.
- Make sure that the medication you bring is clearly labeled in its original bottle.
- It’s always a good precaution to have a full check-up prior to departure, including a dental check. A visit to an optician for an eye test is also advisable
- Check if it is ok to drink the water – if not, drinking bottled water or soft drinks. Make sure the bottles are not counterfeit.
- Try to acclimatize yourself slowly to changes in heat, environment and altitude.
- Always wear something that covers your feet as you might catch diseases such as ringworm or athletes foot.