So you just got invited to a destination wedding, or you are planning one for yourself, but before you can enjoy a fun and exciting trip abroad with your friends there are a few things you should know.


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Preventative Measures

There are many vaccines and medicines that you may need to look in to before traveling to a destination wedding, and these will depend on which country you are going to. For example, if you are going to Thailand you should make sure you are up to date with vaccines such as MMR, polio, and others, as well as taking preventative steps against Hepatitis A and Typhoid.

The steps you need to take will also depend on which area of the country you will be visiting and, if you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors, you may need to take steps against things like Malaria which is carried through mosquito bites. You should discuss your travel plans with your doctor up to two months before leaving if possible.

What To Avoid

No matter where you are traveling to, you need to keep in mind that your body may not be able to handle the food in that area. This does not mean that the food is necessarily dangerous or prepared in unsanitary conditions; it just means that your body is not used to it so you may have adverse reactions.

One of the most common problems for people traveling abroad comes from plain old water, which includes the ice in drinks because this is almost always made from the local water. Try to stick to bottled water wherever possible, and avoid having ice in your drinks, if you are in an area with water that is known to cause problems for travelers.

There are many websites such as the World Health Organization that contain a lot of good information on food safety, as well as news on outbreaks of food-related diseases in many parts of the world.

Help Your Guests

If this is your own destination wedding that you are planning for, make sure your guests know what steps to take and consider writing up a step by step guide for them to follow. The last thing you need on your special day is for the guests to be turning the same color as the blush bridesmaid dresses they are wearing because they were not prepared and didn’t know what to do, so help them out and share your knowledge and research with them.

Make sure you don’t leave it until the last minute to inform your guests of what they should be doing, because some of the vaccines and medicines mentioned earlier will take a month or two before really having any effect and providing the maximum resistance to diseases.

This all may seem like a bit of a hassle right now, and it is a lot to take in all at once, but if you make a plan and stick to it then a destination wedding should not be too much of a problem. It is better to be safe than sorry, so a lot of the information about diseases, food, and water is closer to a worst case scenario than what you will actually have to deal with.

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  1. Eric Watts says:

    I’m surprised to see polio as recommended – when was the last case outside Pakistan?

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