Traveling in the tropics like Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean can cause a traveler to experience a drastic change in climate and lifestyle. Here are seven health tips for traveling in the tropics.
- Don’t drink the water – Drinking tap water is not a good idea, especially in the tropics. Tap water can cause stomach problems and therefore should be avoided at all costs.
- Stay hydrated –When temperatures are high, it is always best to stay hydrated to avoid overheating.
- Ease into it – Eat the local food but take it slow so that your stomach can adjust to different foods.
- Wash your hands – Avoid touching your face, mouth, and eyes while traveling and always wash your hands after using the toilet or before consuming food.
- Street food – If you have a sensitive stomach it is best to avoid street food as they have more opportunity to be contaminated.
- Eat the local food – When eating the local food, speaking to your hotel and ask them where you can try authentic foods in clean surroundings.
- Go easy on the sun – Too much sun can leave you tired, dizzy or with a bad sunstroke. Stay away from direct sunlight and always wear a hat, protective clothing, and sunscreen when heading out.
Take the right drugs – If you are visiting a tropical country, make sure you receive the necessary shots and medications before your flight.