How to prepare your body for a significantly different environment depends a great deal on where you are heading and how fit and well you are before setting off.
Issues when preparing your body for a different environment
The main problem with preparing your body for vastly different environments is that it is usually not possible to get used to changes slowly. Instead, you may get on a plane in wet, windy and cold conditions and step off on the other end to be hit by a wave of heat and hugely different humidity levels. Following this, you are faced with totally different cultures, foods, laws and attitudes.
How to prepare your body
The best way to prepare your body for a different environment is to strengthen your immune system by:
- Eating healthily
- Getting regular exercise
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Minimising stress
- Maintaining good oral health
- Not smoking
- Drinking plenty of water
If you have not adopted this kind of healthy lifestyle already, you should do so for at least two to three weeks before you go abroad.
More suggestions on how to prepare your body
You may also want to start building up your digestive tract by taking broad spectrum probiotics, which will help to fight any bacteria, viruses and infections that may enter your body through digestion.
To visit some countries, you may also require vaccinations, so check out what you will need and get these vaccinations in plenty of time before your trip.
When you get there
Once there, take a couple of days to allow your body to get used to the different climate. Stay healthy by:
- Only drinking local water when sure it is safe to do so
- Being careful what you eat where
- Wearing adequate sun protection, light, loose-fitting clothing and sun hats
- Staying well hydrated by taking in plenty of fluid and avoiding alcohol
To prevent accidents on holiday, make sure you:
- Wear suitable clothing, footwear and any necessary protective gear for activities you participate in
- Look out for slip, trip or fall hazards
- Use only reputable excursion and activity operators to prevent injuries by lack of or defective equipment
If the unfortunate happens and you are injured by slips, trips and falls or other holiday accidents through no fault of your own, you may qualify for travel accident compensation.
Get in touch with us, Accident Advice Helpline, via our freephone helpline on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline, for no-obligation advice on how to claim.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice