Health Travel Information to Keep You Safe and Healthy while in Burma
Getting ready for your big Myanmar adventure? Don’t leave home without updated immunization, first aid kit and healthcare insurance. Although this country is safe, you’d still want to be prepared health-wise just as you would for any other vacation. Below, you’ll find a practical health travel guide that provides everything you need to know to stay in the pink of health during your vacation.
Visit your doctor at least a month before your scheduled departure to Myanmar. A checkup should be in order to find out if you’re fit for travel. Also, get a list of your vaccinations to find out which ones you need to have updated.
All travelers must get the following routine vaccinations:
- measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
- varicella or chickenpox
Most travelers would benefit from the following vaccinations:
- hepatitis A
- hepatitis B
- Japanese encephalitis
- yellow fever
It’s important to take on comprehensive travel health coverage before you go to Burma. This way, in the event of a sickness, injury, or accident, your medical expenses will be covered accordingly. It’s already a big stress to be ill or injured on a trip that’s supposed to be relaxing, but accidents can happen and it’s a must to be prepared. Having travel health insurance can lessen your problems, and help you go on and have a wonderful time.
First aid kit
Bring a complete first aid kit to your trip to Myanmar. It should include the following:
- Medications and medical supplies for existing health conditions
- Prescription medications and copies of prescription
- Antibacterial for traveler’s diarrhea
- Medicine for altitude and motion sickness
- Over-the-counter medications like antihistamine, antacid, decongestants, pain relievers
- Saline nose spray
- 1% hydrocortisone cream
- Antifungal/antibacterial topical ointments
- Anti-itch cream for insect bites
- Antiseptic cleanser for wounds
- Cotton swabs
- Digital thermometer
- Oral rehydration salts
Safety tips to keep in mind
- Eat and drink with caution. Contaminated food and beverage can cause a myriad of diseases, top of which is traveler’s diarrhea. Err on the safe side and eat only food that are thoroughly cooked, prepared in sanitary conditions, and served hot. Avoid anything raw and unpasteurized. Stay away from street food as much as possible. Bottled water should be properly sealed.
- Prevent insect bites with a good quality insect repellent. It would also help to cover exposed skin or use clothing treated with permethrin. Keep in mind however, that permethrin should never be applied directly on the skin.
- Check weather report before going out. Wear the appropriate clothing.
- Keep yourself hydrated. This is especially necessary during the hot summer months when the weather can dehydrate your body and make you more vulnerable to heat stroke.
- Wear protective clothing and practice caution when engaged in any outdoor activity.
- Protect yourself from the harmful UV rays of the sun with a sunscreen. It should be waterproof and should have an SPF of at least 15. Stay indoors or at least in the shade during the hottest hours of the day, which is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Reduce exposure to bacteria by washing your hands regularly particularly after using the bathroom and before eating. It’s a good idea to use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol whenever water and soap are not available.
With all these tips and guidelines, it’s very easy to stay safe and healthy during your vacation in Burma.