Health While Travelling

When we were planning our trip one of the first things I looked into was what health concerns we should have when going to Belize. I used a government website to make sure that the information was up to date and accurate. Based on the what I read we decided to get a Hepatitis vaccine. We were previously vaccinated for Hep B, but not A, and that was more than 10 years ago, so we got the Twinrex shot. It hurt like the dickens, but I feel much safer now. And at least all of our other vaccines are up to date.

There are other precautions we will be taking while travelling, such as wearing insect repellent and sunscreen (and reapplying regularly), as well as trying to remember to stay hydrated. I will also be taking probiotics during the trip since my stomach is often an issue.

There is nothing worse than getting sick for getting in the way of enjoying a vacation so it’s important to be prepared, especially if you are a newbie to travelling away from your own continent (intercontinental?) like us.

Preparing for Holiday Madness

Our tree is decorated, though somewhat crooked.

IMG_2599Our gifts are wrapped, except Kurt’s stuff which has yet to arrive, eek!

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Our stockings are hung by the chimney with care.

IMG_2601Now all that’s left to think about is our whirlwind schedule. As usual, we will be travelling way to much this holiday season. It’s exhausting just to think about. Worse than the exhaustion, however, is the out-of-wack¬†stomach I am always left with. Fast food during drives, holiday baking and eating at other people’s houses aren’t great for me. When I’m at home I can control¬†what I eat easily, and avoid foods that are problems, but at other people’s houses I don’t have that luxury. I’m trying to create a game plan to make the holidays a little easier on my stomach. So far this is what it involves:

IMG_2598I’m going to start taking probiotics a couple of days before we leave and continue to take them everyday until we are home again. Hopefully this will help my digestion a little. I will also take a multi vitamin every day that we are away to make sure that I am getting what I need. I also will be trying to drink a lot of water and eat very little meat and fried stuff, as these are the worst offenders for me.

I’m really hoping this all helps and that it isn’t too difficult to do all of this. Holidays are the worst time for sticking to anything dietary!