How Your Diet Can Kill Your Backpacking Trip

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You’re preparing for the trip of a lifetime – backpacking in a third-world country for several weeks. As you plan the logistics of your adventure travel, your friends keep suggesting that you should get travel medical insurance.

However, you’re skeptical that you’d need insurance for your trip. Perhaps you’re under the impression that only people with pre-existing conditions get sick and that insurance wouldn’t cover pre-existing conditions in any case, making it pointless.

You can’t predict a travel illness

The truth is that even a perfectly healthy person can get ill or have an accident when they’re on the road. It’s an especially serious situation if it happens when you’re in a rural area that’s distant from medical facilities.

Most travel-related illnesses don’t depend on your current health as they are simply the result of your body trying to adjust to a much different environment or cuisine. Common travel illnesses include jet lag, food poisoning, motion sickness, respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, and diarrhea.

Travel medical insurance from HCC Medical Insurance Services covers you for these common illnesses. Even better, these policies include partial coverage for pre-existing conditions (see the description of coverage for more details on that).

Risk involves more than just food

Keep in mind that you may have never eaten the food dishes served in your destination country and that developing nations don’t have the same food regulations that you’re accustomed to at home.

Let’s say you get sick while backpacking in a remote region of your destination. The food won’t be your only problem; you’ll have to find medical treatment and there might not be a nearby medical facility. Depending on the severity of your illness, you might even need to be evacuated to another location, which would be covered by travel medical insurance.

Tips for staying healthy

Make sure to do plenty of research on your destination before you leave home. You can read about the recommended dietary guidelines for your destination on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation’s website. Also, while you’re in developing countries, make sure you avoid tap water, as well as raw fruits and vegetables.

Don’t forget to drink plenty of filtered fluids, so that you don’t get dehydrated. If you get an unfortunate case of “travelers’ diarrhea,” don’t fret; you can treat it with an over-the-counter product like Kaopectate, used according to directions.

Hopefully, you’ll stay healthy on your backpacking trip in a developing nation. But it’s best to have some backpacker medical coverage just in case. Get a free quote today to see just how affordable it can be to protect yourself against the risk of travel illnesses.


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