Staying Healthy in Bali

Staying Healthy in Bali

Traveling anywhere can bring challenges to your health.  Tropical destinations may have germs and bacteria which don’t exist in your home country.  Travel itself can be stressful and weaken the immune system.  But with some planning, you can have a safe visit to Bali.

Have a great, healthy break from work with these ideas

Before Leaving

Make an appointment at a travel clinic in your home country before you leave.  The physicians there can make sure you’re up-to-date with the required shots.  Getting a complete medical checkup will help you understand your health and give you a base point.  If you’re on medication, make sure you have an adequate supply and know what physical limitations you may have while on them.

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Travelers to Indonesia are usually recommended to get shots for Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid fever, Yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis.  Since these vaccines don’t reach their highest level of protection until six weeks after the shot, make sure you get them in plenty of time.

While you Travel

Some tips that may help keep you from health issues that might ruin the vacation.

  • Food and water might carry germs which could give you diarrhea.  It’s a good sign when you see well cooked, steamy hot food.  Washing your hands often and using hand sanitizer can also keep you healthy.
  • Mosquitoes are plentiful in the tropics.  Wear long-sleeved, bright-colored clothes to avoid bites.
  • Wear suntan lotion and clothes that block the sun.  Don’t forget to take plenty of bottled water with you while you’re laying out.
  • Be sure to wear a helmet if you take a scooter.  Bali has lots of traffic and the cars are all over the road.
  • If you get a tattoo while you’re on Bali, make sure the shop uses good sterilization techniques.  A dirty needle could transmit infections.
  • Don’t get a black henna temporary tattoo.  The ink may cause allergic reactions and severe reactions could leave a scar.
  • Keep away from monkeys and other wild animals.  Their bite could transmit rabies.

The good news is that Bali is one of the most dynamic places on earth to visit.  Being well prepared will make your trip extremely enjoyable.  Preparation for a visit to Bali, is like preparation for a visit anywhere else.  The main ingredient: common sense.

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