A Healthy Honeymoon in Pacific Island Countries
At different times of the year and in different regions of the world, there are often certain health risks associated with traveling there. The Pacific Island Countries are no different. Therefore, it is important to be aware of what health risks you might be exposed to when you decide to visit one of them for your honeymoon.One good place to start in your search for this information should be the traveler's site by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Here, you will find up-to-date information about some common diseases, preventive medications, new health threats, recommended vaccinations and the safety protocols in handling food and water for the country you will be visiting.In addition to the obvious things you would plan for an engagement trip, like visiting custom engagement rings store to get a ring for your soon-to-be wife, the need for proper health-related planning cannot be overstated.Take time to get every one of the recommended vaccines for your travel. It is recommended that you visit a healthcare provider some time before the day of the trip – around 4-6 weeks before the day – and get the shots. This is because of vaccines take a while to be effective. Others require a number of shots to get you ready to face the risks.In addition to the vaccine shots, talk to your doctor about travel medications like preventive medicine for diseases like malaria or antibiotics for what is referred to as a traveler’s diarrhea. For pregnant women, seek your doctor’s advice on how you should conduct yourself to stay safe and the risks you might be exposed to, especially if you are in your third trimester.Typically, when traveling to the Pacific island countries, your travel kit should include:
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent – should contain picaridin or DEET
  • Prescription medication recommended by your doctor that can last the whole trip
  • Hand gels that are alcohol-based – should contain 60-95% alcohol
  • A list of emergency contacts you or someone else could call in case you are injured or get sick during the trip. The contacts should include your country’s embassy and healthcare providers in the locality
Tips to staying healthy during your travel to the Pacific island countries
  • Wash hands with soap and hot water before you touch food, after visiting the washroom, after sneezing, blowing your nose or coughing and after you touch both domestic and wild animals.
  • Have with you hand sanitizers (alcohol-based) to clean hands in the event that there are no washing facilities in the vicinity
  • Take utmost care when around domestic and wild animals. If an animal bites you, clean your wound with soapy water and consult a local physician immediately for a medical evaluation.
  • Don’t drink untreated water or use it for brushing your teeth. Instead go for boiled or bottled water, especially if you are in an area where sanitation and hygiene might be poor.
  • Take extra care when selecting food. You should assume that all raw foods are contaminated and avoid them altogether. This includes uncooked vegetables, fresh fruits and fruit salads, cheese, unpasteurized milk, etc. Only eat cooked food that is still hot.