Whether you are planning a trip bouldering in the Pyrenees, white water rafting in America or trekking in Nepal, you should ensure that your health is in optimum condition before you set off on an adventure holiday.
Specific Health Considerations
Whatever your thrill-seeking sport of choice is, there are likely to be health considerations, both for your specific activity and for your particular destination.
For example, if you are planning a trip to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro you will want to be sure you have prepared sufficiently for the physical challenge with a proper training regime. You will need to ensure you have taken emergency medical procedure training to understand how to respond to a crisis should the worst happen.
If you or one of your party suffer altitude sickness you will need to know the symptoms to look out for and what to do. As you will be exposing yourself to the elements in an extreme natural environment, your emergency medical training might be crucial to help guide your actions in the event of a landslide or if one of your party suffers a heart attack.
Health Measures Specific To Your Destination
Another consideration for a mountain climbing trip to Tanzania would be the diseases you might be exposed to during your visit. You might need to carry water purification tablets to ensure you always have a clean water supply. You will almost certainly be exposed to Malaria, so you will need to educate yourself on measures to protect yourself against mosquito bites and get an anti-malarial drug prescription. There will also be a variety of recommended, and perhaps required, vaccinations such as Rabies, Yellow Fever and Hepatitis A.
It is worth booking a consultation with a medical professional at least a month in advance of your departure, as some vaccinations are in limited stock. Also, some vaccinations, such as Rabies, require a number of doses, administered over a period of a few weeks.
Other Medical Considerations
It is also good practice to brief your GP on your trip and intended activities to get additional medical advice relevant to you, such as if you are on a particular type of contraceptive pill you might be at a greater risk of deep vein thrombosis when flying. It may be advisable for you to take measures, such as to get up and walk up and down the aisle a few times during the long haul flight.
Before departing for your adventure you should be sure you are fully covered by your travel insurance for the activities you intend to undertake. Good travel insurance will ensure you receive the best possible health care if anything should befall you while you are away. It will also give you peace of mind while you travel.
Reliable Equipment and Operators
Some of the most beautiful parts of the world where adventure holidays are popular are also relatively under developed. This means that safety regulations may not be as stringent as they are in Europe and rental safety equipment may not be very well maintained. Before you go away, research the most respected operators and equipment hire centres to ensure health & safety is covered as well as insurance policies.