Travel Advice

Health Tips and Information

Travel health tips to keep you safe during your holiday or business trip.

If your travel plans include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip.

•    Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
•    Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
•    Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities.
•    Heat-related illness, such as heat stroke, can be deadly. Eat and drink regularly, wear loose and lightweight clothing, and limit physical activity during high temperatures.
o    If you are outside for many hours in heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
•    Protect yourself from UV radiation: use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during the hottest time of day (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
•    Be especially careful during summer months and at high elevation. Because sunlight reflects off snow, sand, and water, sun exposure may be increased during activities like skiing, swimming, and sailing.
•    Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location.
Stay safe around water
•    Swim only in designated swimming areas. Obey lifeguards and warning flags on beaches.
•    Practice safe boating—follow all boating safety laws, do not drink alcohol if driving a boat, and always wear a life jacket.
•    Do not dive into shallow water.
•    Do not swim in freshwater in developing areas or where sanitation is poor.
•    Avoid swallowing water when swimming. Untreated water can carry germs that make you sick.
•    To prevent infections, wear shoes on beaches where there may be animal waste.
Schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection that can be spread in fresh water. Avoid swimming in fresh, unchlorinated water, such as lakes, ponds, or rivers.