It’s the peak travelling season from now till the end of the school holidays. We bring you some practical travel tips and some book recommendations for further reading. The public libraries also carry a large range of travel guides to help you plan your holiday. You can look for the travel guides on our designated Travel shelves at these call nos: 914 (Europe), 915 (Asia), 916 (Africa), 917 (North America), 918 (South America). We have another blog post here that shows you some good places to travel to.
Here are some practical tips:
Jetlag Free Travel
If your next trip involves a large time jump, try following these tips:
(i) Drink plenty of water
Flying at high altitude, where the air pressure and humidity in the cabin is lower than that on the ground, can leave you dehydrated at the end of the journey. This would make you feel more fatigue and lower your body’s resistance to illness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
(ii) Meal and sleep adjustments
It may be helpful to take a high protein breakfast and lunch, and high carbohydrate supper to ensure a wakeful day and restful night. Where it is night-time at your destination, wear a sleep mask, earplugs and try to sleep. Correspondingly, when it is daytime, turn on the light above your seat and try to keep awake. Most airlines will show the latest movies on long haul flights to help you while away the travelling hours.
High Altitude Sickness
What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?
Initial symptoms of high altitude sickness are headaches, nausea, poor appetite, difficulty sleeping, cough, shortness of breath, muscles ache and generalised lethargy. These symptoms can occur anytime during ascent to high altitude but characteristically occur six to 48 hours later.
How can altitude sickness be prevented?
Physical conditioning at sea level will not prevent high altitude sickness. However, there are several ways to reduce the chances of becoming ill.
First, plan for a gradual ascent. During the initial two days, limit your climb to below the altitude of 8,000 feet. Sleeping at an altitude below 8,000 feet is especially important. On the subsequent days, limit your ascent to no more than 2,000 feet per day. If you are flying to a high altitude city such as La Paz, Bolivia, plan to rest during the next couple of days. Do not engage in physical activities such as long walks, jogging or sporting activities.
Finally, if you have a cardiac or respiratory condition, it is advisable not to travel to high altitude destinations.
(Editor: some other high altitude places include Nepal, Bhutan and Mount Fuji in Japan)
What to eat and drink?
A high carbonate diet may help to reduce the symptoms of high altitude sickness. Avoid alcohol, sedatives and sleeping medications since they all depress respiration, lower oxygen intake and consequently increase the incidence of altitude sickness.
More travel tips:
- Keep vaccinations up-to-date and written on the International Vaccination Certificate
- Disinfect all drinking water when travelling in developing countries. Avoid ice cubes. Avoid fresh vegetables or fruit washed in ‘unsafe’ water
- Don’t walk barefoot or swim in tropical regions endemic for soil and water-borne diseases
- Don’t forget your first aid bag
Title: Culture Shock! Travel Safe: A survival guide to medical safety.
Publisher: Tarrytown, NY : Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2009-
Call No.: 613.68 CSTS – [HEA]
Here are some other book recommendations that you can refer to:
1) Safe overseas travel: maximizing enjoyment by minimizing risk
Call no.: 910.202 SOT- [TRA]
2) The essential guide to travel health : don’t let bugs, bites and bowels spoil your trip
Call no.: 613.68 WIL- [HEA]
3) Trouble-free travel with children: over 700 helpful hints for parents on the go
Author: Vicki Lansky
Call no.: 910.202 LAN- [TRA]
4) The rough guide to travel with babies and children
Call no.: 910.202 RGT- [TRA]
Please use our online catalogue to search for the availabilities and locations of the above titles.
Originally posted by Yen Yen Toh, Associate Librarian, Adult and Young People’s Services
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