Health Tips for Your Honeymoon

Avoid getting sick or injured on your big trip!

For most people, the honeymoon is the trip they most don’t want to be sick during. Find out how to avoid getting sick on your travels!

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Health and travel is a bit of a double-edged sword. When on vacation, you are extra motivated to stay healthy, yet the very act of traveling can expose you to germs and illnesses. For most people, the honeymoon is the trip they most don’t want to be sick during. To help you be extra vigilant for the once-in-a-lifetime journey, below are our tips for staying healthy during your honeymoon. 

Research is key. In some countries, food and water that is fine for the local residents will make you ill because you haven’t built up an immunity to the bacteria that might be a contaminant. You’ll also want to see if there are any inoculations you’ll need. For example, if you’re going on a safari in Tanzania, it’s encouraged to be vaccinated for malaria. Even something as simple as a flu outbreak shortly before your trip, like the United States had this flu season, will be useful knowledge so you know how to prepare ahead of time. 

Of course, it’s not just your destination that can make you sick, but the journey. Airplanes are notorious for spreading germs, so it’s important to take preventative measures. Your normal routine for cold and flu season should suffice: wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, and take plenty of Vitamin C. 

While illnesses are certainly an unpleasant way to spend your honeymoon, it’s not the only way your health can be affected on your trip. Overindulging in food and drink can lead to a rough day following the big meal. Additionally, a serious injury is not one of the new experiences you’ll be hoping to have during your vacation. Obviously accidents happen so some things are unavoidable, but there are measures you can take to mitigate risk. If you want to enjoy adventurous excursions, stretching is always a helpful way to avoid pulling a muscle. Getting out of your comfort zone is a good thing, you just don’t want to overexert to the point of putting yourself in danger. 

For more honeymoon advice, discover tips on how to pick a honeymoon location and find out what to pack in your carry-on bag