Visit a travel health clinic before departing
You don’t want to go on a cruise only to find out that you have to stay on the ship at port because you didn’t get the right vaccines. Depending on where you are going, stopping at a travel health clinic may not be necessary, but for some countries, vaccinations and certain medications, like antimalarial pills or a polio vaccine, are required. “The best solution is prevention,” reminds Vicki Sowards, director of nursing resources at Passport Health. Travel health clinics are located in most cities across the country. To see if your destination requires a medical screening, visit Vaccines.gov/travel or contact your cruise line. Here are some more tips to help you stay active and healthy on a cruise while still enjoying yourself.
Bring a traveler’s anti-diarrhea kit
“Better safe than sorry” has never been truer when it comes to diarrhea. You never know when the runs will strike, and traveling makes you especially susceptible to such a disaster because you’re eating and drinking all sorts of new things. Having an anti-diarrhea kit in hand will save you from hours of misery should you find yourself in such a crappy (no pun intended) situation. But all jokes aside, diarrhea is extremely dangerous as it can lead to dehydration, which in severe cases can be life-threatening. Passport Health, and a few other travel clinics, sell prepackaged anti-diarrheal kits, but if you want to make your own, Sowards recommends purchasing Imodium or Loperamide “to help stop the diarrhea” and an electrolyte replacement powder, “to be mixed in bottled water. This could be an athletic drink powder or even Pedialyte,” she says.