India is an exciting place to visit but you can make the most of it only if you stay healthy all through your visit here. Variations in climatic conditions across the country or local spicy food can take a hit on your health and it might thus be a good idea to take a look at these precautions before you embark on this amazing journey 🙂
Before you start packing your bags for India, consult your doctor. You must take some health precautions. Your routine vaccinations should be checked which includes measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine etc.
In India you can get affected by Hepatitis A and typhoid because the outside food and water is not quite suitable for foreigners. There are more like Malaria- Like all other tropical countries, India too has a rich mosquito habitat. So make sure you repel them anyway.
Japanese Encephalitis- The vaccine for this always depends on your travel plans like where you are going in India, in what time and how long you will stay there. So it is better to consult your doctor especially if you are planning to visit the rural areas.
Yellow Fever- There is no risk of yellow fever in India. The government of India requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US.
There are some other precautions you must take:
- Keep away from animals, unless you have one with you or you are not done with taking vaccines and want to add anti rabies vaccine in the list.
- Avoid sharing body fluids, if you do take the precautions.
- Prevent bug bites, even if they are in your mattress.
- Avoid exposure to germs.
- Avoid non sterile medical and cosmetic equipments.
- Take your travel medical kit and if you fall ill consult a doctor ASAP.
India consists of all kinds of natural environment. Mountains, oceans, desert, forests etc. So you need to be prepared as per your travel plans.
If your plan is to visit northern territories, drink enough water, beware of acute mountain sickness. You need to rest on the first day to get used to with less air to breath. Take a vaccine for diahorrea for various parasites if you are going to Ladakh range and beware of dehydration, snow blindness, cold, altitude trouble, food and water quality and bed bugs if you are planning to go to the Kashmir side.
If your plans are for western side and the deserts (Rajasthan, Gujarat etc.), you can get dehydrated and need to carry fresh water with you all the time, always buy packaged drinking water. Instead of having juice from roadside vendors, go for branded juice-cans. Take care of your food; make sure it’s cooked well.
For South and Eastern India, make sure you drink plenty of bottled water; you can have coconut water as it’s naturally sterilized.
Have plain rice or Khichdi as they are easily digestible.Don’t skip your daily exercise and it’s better to stick to veggies but if you take non vegetarian food make sure it’s cooked well. It’s better to avoid spicy food soon after you arrive in India, give time to get used to with the country of spices. Your Journey to India will be great if you take the precautions mentioned above. Have safe journey travellers!
PS: These are just some suggestions which would be good to keep in mind but there is nothing to be scared about. Anyways, we here at Padhaaro will take good care of you.
Sreenyanika Das aka Sree is doing her studies in Journalism and Mass communication. Travelling is her passion and she loves to write about it. She wants to be an adventurer/traveller. For fun she sketches cartoons and takes photographs too.