Although study abroad programs offer an exciting opportunity for students to increase their knowledge, the downside is that they place the students traveling abroad at greater risk of injuries and illnesses due to various reasons.
Traveling to even well-developed regions around the world, particularly for several months or even years can be very challenging.
Certain events and experiences can possibly have negative impact on your health and make you suffer injuries when you are far away from home.
Here are few CDC recommended measures for students traveling abroad.
- Consult your healthcare provider and make sure that you take necessary vaccinations for infectious diseases like influenza, measles, etc. Know more about the most common infectious and contagious diseases at your destination and prepare well with essential preventive measures.
- Take necessary suggestions from your doctor to stay away from allergies and ensure that you maintain proper hygiene to prevent various health problems.
- Be aware of complications related to alcohol and drug abuse. Stay away from the bars and other susceptible places that can make you more prone to predators.
- Not only female travelers, even male travelers are not advised to travel alone at nights. Never leave your living place alone after it is dark. If it is very important, seek company of your friends or other safe persons. Always travel with crowd or at least pairs when you are going to a completely new place.
- Be aware of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like HIV and try to stay away from unhealthy or unsafe sexual activities to avoid STDs and related health problems.
- Learn more about the places you are going to visit or stay prior to your travel date. Make sure that you are aware of health risks at your destination and where to consult if you have any health problem. Ensure that you know what to avoid and what to include for staying safe at new place.
- Don’t forget to take medical insurance and ensure that you carry all papers along with you. Check with your medical insurance company regarding overseas coverage.
- Ensure that you are aware of local laws and customs of the destination and avoid being targeted for crimes. If necessary or in an emergency, contact that particular country’s embassy as soon as possible.
Students traveling abroad should follow these essential measures to ensure safety and make their trip successful.