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travel health round-up

Sick on the Road intends to provide well organized, readable information and advice on travel health issues. As much as possible, we try to back up our advice with first hand experience (see our SteriPen Traveler review or this piece on amoebic dysentery, for example). Fortunately, there are many infections, parasites and illnesses we have [...]

travel vaccinations and immunizations

Depending on where you are going, you might not need any vaccinations at all. On the other hand, you might need two arms worth. For many forms of international travel, getting stuck by a bunch of needles is a rite of passage. Here you will find: what travel immunizations and vaccinations you need to get [...]

preventing and treating motion sickness

Almost everyone has experienced at least one form of motion sickness. Boat, plane, car, train - motion sickness can happen on any of these. The symptoms range from mild nausea and dizziness to vomiting and cold sweats. Motion sickness is thought to be primarily caused by conflicting neural signals. Your inner ear helps your body [...]

how to pick the best sunscreen

Despite my pale skin, I have spent a lot of time hanging out around the equator. Every now and then, I get a horrific sun burn that propels me to a likely rendez-vous with skin cancer somewhere down the line. For the most part though, I avoid sunburn. This post will explain how. Before I [...]

travel health tips from Africa

I have now spent what I consider to be a significant amount of time in West Africa. My first taste of the region came in 2005 when I studied abroad in Accra, Ghana. During that semester, I was also able to visit Togo, Benin, and Burkina Faso. Last year, I took my time traveling through [...]

medical evacuation insurance

Medical evacuation is a term occasionally attached to certain brands of travel insurance. It conjures up images of helicopter rescues in remote areas, emergencies that are serious and time sensitive. Are these services real? Yes, they are real, and depending on the company, they can provide a serious level of care and attention. Here is [...]

Giardia information for travelers

Giardiasis is an intestinal infection caused by the single celled organism Giardia. Expect some combination of diarrhea, bloating, vomiting and nausea. Also, sulphur smelling burps - this is one of the most commonly reported symptoms with giardiasis. Long-term infections can cause weight loss, malnutrition and loss of appetite. Giardiasis may be less alarming than other [...]


SteriPEN Traveler Review

SteriPEN traveler review

We have previously discussed the importance of treating water (see our article How to Prevent and Treat Traveler's Diarrhea). If you are traveling in the developing world, tap water is often unsafe to drink and in rural areas, well water will certainly make you sick. If you are not trying to spend lots of money [...]

travel health disasters part II

The following is the second part in a series of posts titled Travel Health Disasters (find the first one here). Featured are the tales of other travelers and travel bloggers who have experienced some difficult moments on the road. Some of them are funny. Some of them are scary. Some of them are downright miserable. [...]


Peru Travel Health Guide

Peru travel health guide

Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon, Amazon rainforest, coastal deserts, the massive Andes Mountains, and that's to say nothing about the Peruvian people. Yep, there are a few good reasons to visit Peru. What are the travel health concerns? Nothing too exotic, depending on what part of the country you are visiting. That said, Peru is a [...]

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