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We are living in an increasingly global marketplace. More people have to travel for work than ever before. But that’s not the only reason we travel – we’ll travel for fun and sun. Whether you’re thinking about your dream getaway or that big business meeting, chances are you won't be concentrating on something that should be the number one priority when you travel – your health. It’s very easy to get ill when you travel; your body is a fortress designed to ward off illness, but when you travel it’s fighting on away soil – which is why you should look into self-test kits for travelling.

Firstly, there are going to be dangerous diseases, such as Malaria and TB, wherever you go

There are many tests available, and some of these might be incredibly important if you’re travelling. Sure, you can get cancer and HIV test kits, but you’ll really want ones which are important for when you’re on the move and need information that will impact your plans – things like allergy tests, malaria and TB tests and glucose tests are important, because the chances are when you’re travelling, you’ll be eating food whose origin is unknown to you. If you’re diabetic, you’ll need blood sugar tests for this reason.

You’re probably wondering why you should do this – after all, you are conscientious and healthy, and you’ll look after yourself. It’s true that you can avoid a lot of illnesses by taking the correct precautions – don’t eat food that looks suspicious, don’t drink water if you don’t know it’s safe, and don’t go taking pills from shady looking people in dark corners. Looking after yourself is about situational awareness above anything.

So, Why Do You Need A Travel Test Kit?

Firstly, there are going to be dangerous diseases, such as Malaria and TB, wherever you go. There will be resources available to help you should you contract these illnesses, both at home and where you’ve travelled to, but if you don’t know you have the bug, then you’re not going to look for them.

Secondly: The Psychological Effect. Our stomach starts rumbling when it shouldn’t, we’re in a place where we can’t speak the local language – what is the first thing we do? Panic. “What if I have X? What if I have Y?” Getting a test kit is good for your psychology.Even if your trip goes plain sailing all the way from embarking to when you get back to your front door, having that kit means that you know you’ll be prepared. Of course, if you do have troubles, then the psychological power of the test is two-fold – instead of worrying whether you’re going to collapse in ten minutes, you can get an answer as opposed to fretting; if there’s nothing wrong, you’ll know immediately, and if there is something wrong, you don’t have to worry – you’ll have the answer and you can solve it.

Three: Do Tests Supply Enough Information? You probably have a contingency plan for if you have a power cut. It might be as simple as having a flashlight in your cupboard and some candles ready to light. A Travel test kit is a contingency plan.

Sure, you could argue that there could be more data and it could be more accurate – but that’s like arguing that to prepare for a power cut, you should install back-up generators and rig up all your appliances to them. If a travel test kit warns you of a problem so that you can take the next step, (whether that’s as simple as eating a chocolate bar for blood sugar or seeing a specialist for malaria) then it has served its purpose.

Travel Test Kits

Overseas travel is an amazing adventure and full of great new experiences but just remember that you can be exposed to health problems that are not evident in your country. Even a change in the water and climate can affect you. Your health is your responsibility so prepare yourself and your family and you can prevent an illness that could ruin your vacation.

Resources and Links

The Ill Traveler Abroad: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2016/the-pre-travel-consultation/obtaining-health-care-abroad-for-the-ill-traveler

U.S. Passports and International Travel: Medical Emergency Abroad: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/health.html

Independent Traveler https://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/safety-and-health/health-care-abroad