Maintaining your health and wellness during your trip should be a top priority. No one wants to be on the trip of a lifetime to then be wasting the day away in a hotel bed when you can be visiting Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) or dancing the night away to Samba music. Taking the necessary precautions and being diligent about knowing what you are putting into your body will ensure you are seeing all that there is to see. Getting the recommended vaccinations and taking the time to understand the other possible illnesses you could encounter and how to treat them will ensure you won’t miss anything Brazil has to offer.
Travelers’ diarrhea is certainly not something you want to have to think about when sightseeing. But once those stomach growls start, you know you better find a solution as soon as possible or you won’t be seeing that Capoeira performance you had planned tonight. If untreated, you can be left dehydrated and bathroom bound for days. To ensure this doesn’t happen to you, be sure to pack a diarrhea kit. This will help put an end to your pain and suffering and get you back out on the town.
One of the unfortunate side effects of travel is jet lag. While there is no surefire way to avoid it, there are may things one can to do prepare for it. Adjust your morning and bedtime routines to Brazil’s time zone prior to your departure. Stay hydrated prior to and during your flight and avoid alcoholic drinks on the plane. Plan to need some down time upon arrive and go to sleep early to adjust to the new time zone.
Cholera is the extreme of traveler’s diarrhea and an unfortunate problem in many underdeveloped nations. It can lead to severe dehydration, kidney failure and even death. Choosing what and where you eat and drink becomes very important when trying to avoid contracting Cholera. Be sure to drink only purified water, buy bottled water and use anti-bacterial hand-sanitizer often.
Yellow Fever, Malaria, and Typhoid are all common with in Brazil. With vast rainforests as well as large cities, it is important to know which areas you will be traveling to in order to prepare for the different insect-borne diseases that your might encounter. Taking the necessary precautions ahead of time is essential as well as packing items to protect you from bits such as repellents, long pants and shirts and other products containing DEET.