A “travelling” doctor has revealed the best ways to avoid falling ill and getting into danger on holiday.
Dr Ben MacFarlane, author of Holiday SOS: The Life-Saving Adventures of a Travelling Doctor, works as a repatriation doctor where he brings ill travellers home, The Sun reports.
Having also worked on a cruise ship, Dr MacFarlane said his job meant spending most of his time on planes or at hotels.
He told Mail Online some of his top tips to prevent getting sick abroad as well as how to stay safe.
AVOID FIZZY DRINKS AND CHEWING GUM
If you’re travelling by plane, anything fizzy will make you feel worse, not better.
Not only does it make you more bloated, but you will be more prone to excessive gas: “Why get more bloated and put extra oxygen into your system?” he said.
He also said chewing gum caused similar problems.
Not only that, it could also become a choking hazard during turbulence or landing.
His advice for passengers trying to pop their ears was to do large yawns, and “wiggling the lower jaw” works just as well.
CHECK YOUR HOTEL ALARM CLOCK
When checking into a hotel room, the alarm clock is rarely the first thing you’re likely to check.
However, not checking the alarm clock could result in restless sleep and early wake up calls.
Dr MacFarlane said people should check to see if the previous guest left any alarms set for the morning, to avoid being woken up in the middle of the night.
He also said to double check the alarm clock was the correct time — something he learnt the hard way after having a “plane to catch at 7am” only to find the alarm clock said it was 9am.
NEVER SLEEP NAKED
The doctor explained sleeping naked could make it awkward if a fire alarm goes off in the middle of the night. He advises always sleeping in “shorts and a T-shirt” to sleep better.
LEAVE THE ROOM CARD WALLET IN THE ROOM
Hotels will often give the room key card in a paper wallet with the room number on for guests to remember. But leaving the hotel with it could be dangerous, in case it’s lost or stolen, Dr MacFarlane warned.
“The thief knows three things — where you’re staying, what room you’re in and that you’re out,” he said.
Another way to slow down thieves was to take a “discreet black shoelace” to tie the metal zips of your backpack together as an additional layer of protection, Dr MacFarlane suggested.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission