When you’re visiting a foreign and exotic country like Bali, one of the first things you should think about are the potential health concerns that could arise on your holiday. While vaccinations aren’t legally required to enter Bali, you may still want to have a chat with your doctor before leaving. Everyone’s body reacts differently when they’re away from home, so you’ll want a game plan in case yours acts up. Here are some things you should be aware of to ensure you stay in tip-top shape on your holiday.
Sun Safety: Naturally, you’ll want to be careful of the strong, tropical sun. You should make it a habit of wearing a minimum of SPF 30 sunscreen every day. You should apply it at least 15 minutes before going outside and reapply every couple of hours or after you’ve been in the water.
You may even want to take the extra precaution of wearing ‘cover-up clothing’ when you’re walking to and from the beach. Sundresses and t-shirts made of lighter fabrics like linen will keep you sun-safe without causing you to overheat too much. We’d definitely recommend wearing a hat whenever you’re doing any outdoor activities like hiking or kayaking to keep the sun off your face. Another equally important part of sun-safety is keeping hydrated, so drink plenty of liquids. This brings us to another point which you may be wondering about – is the local water safe to drink?
Watch the Water: You should avoid drinking Bali’s local water unless you know it’s been treated or boiled. These days, most bars and restaurants will only use boiled water for ice in drinks, but it’s always a good idea to ask just to be certain. Where you can, it’s a safer bet to opt for a hot drink rather than a cold one – for instance, a hot coffee at breakfast rather than an iced tea. Hotels in Bali are required to provide guests with at least two bottles of drinking water free of charge, so make sure you take advantage of it.
When it comes to eating, your body probably won’t have enough time to develop a resistance to local bacteria. Many visitors to Bali experience an upset stomach after enjoying the exotic diet – something that’s commonly referred to as ‘Bali Belly’. Bali Belly isn’t a serious illness and probably won’t detrimentally impact your health in the long term – but it’s still something you should be aware of!
Think Twice About Ink: It might look cool in your Instagram photos, but temporary ‘black henna’ tattoos aren’t healthy for you. A lot of the places that offer henna tattooing in Bali use an ink which contains dye that can cause serious skin reactions. So be sure to read up on customer reviews about the vendors if you’re still interested in getting some skin art.
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