Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate You might not realise how dehydrated you’ve become from the air you’ve been breathing in the aircraft, sightseeing and activities and time in the sun. It is so easy to become dehydrated under these circumstances when you’re travelling. Alcohol is dehydrating too, remember. So, the answer is to drink lots of water, enough so your pee is clear rather than brown or dark-coloured. To avoid adding to the global problem of plastic waste, take a water container that you can refill rather than buying throwaway plastic bottles or use a water purifier. Drink tea or a hot beverage to cool down People hundreds of years ago believed that drinking tea hot weather helped to cool you down. Chai, - which means tea - is a very popular beverage in India, and it’s in the tropics and the desert areas that a very high proportion of tea drinkers live. Evidence is now emerging in the scientific community(1) that tea drinking or consuming hot drinks will cool you down faster and more efficiently than simply drinking water. Be careful about what you eat and drink If you’re travelling to any of the developing countries then any fruit should be washed in hot soapy water or peeled, and vegetables should be cooked. Avoid salads if possible, and say no to ice cubes unless you’re sure they’re made from purified water. Make sure cans and bottles are sealed and avoid street food which is more of a risk than restaurant food. A probiotic that doesn’t need to be refrigerated might also help prevent stomach problems. Keep your ‘in-case-of-emergency’ card In case of an emergency, carry a card with the phone number or other details of a person to contact. If you have an existing medical condition or allergies they should be included on the card in the language of the country you are visiting. Disclaimer: Any advice given in this article is of a general nature for information only and is not intended to substitute or replace any advice given by a medical practitioner. References: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22574769 Author’s Bio Kym Wallis, the founding director of Higher Ranking has over 15 years of advertising sales, digital strategy, and business development experience. He is currently working as Digital Adviser for TravelVax.