Tips for Staying Healthy in Niue
Niue is pretty much as safe as it gets when it comes to the South Pacific Islands. But travelling always comes with its small share of risks, as you will discover new customs and environments that your body will have to adapt to. Because we’ve spent our fair share of time in Niue, we’ve put together this list of health tips for Niue so you are well prepared. And who knows, you may learn a few tricks along the way that will change the way you travel forever!
Get more health advice in our article on How to Stay Safe in Niue.
1. Get Your Vaccines Done and Updated
We cover this and more in Do You Need Vaccines to Travel to Niue? but in short, although there are no major health warnings for travelling to Niue, it is wise to get all of your vaccines up to date, including your routine vaccinations, as many Niueans are not vaccinated and some diseases eradicated in the western world may still be around.
2. Address Your Pre-existing Condition(s)
If you have any pre-existing conditions that may affect you during your trip, consult a doctor a few weeks before departure to ask for advice. It is critical to be prepared as medical supplies in Niue can be inconsistent. Getting a letter from your doctor summarising your condition is a good idea too, as it will help the local team assess your situation better should something happen.
3. Build Your Own “Niue First Aid Kit”
Because Niue will present different challenges than you are used to, such as mosquitos, heatstroke, dehydration, etc, we suggest taking the time to create your own medication kit with everything you may need during your trip to Niue. You’ll be super glad not to use it at all, but you’ll be gladder to have it if you end up needing it! Check out our example Niue first aid kit in What to Medication to Pack in Your First Aid Kit for Niue.
4. Only Drink Safe Water
Although you will have access to safe water in your accommodation, it is recommended to be a bit more cautious with drinking water when out and about in Niue. Because we like to cover all bases, we’ve got an article covering how to make sure that the water you find is safe to drink. One main tip though: it’s not because the locals are drinking the water that you should drink it too. Niueans have a much stronger immune system that can tolerate water with limited treatment, while your body may not react well to the local brew.
5. Keep Your Hands Clean
There are a couple of bugs that are inherent to bad hygiene. So when travelling, it is critical to keep your hands clean especially before eating. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitiser. Non-lethal diseases like traveller’s diarrhoea can be caught through bad food hygiene, for instance – more on that in How to Stay Safe in Niue.
6. Food Safety
Of course, aside from washing your hands, you also need to make sure you are watching what you eat. Gastro bugs are only too easy to catch when on the go and there is nothing worse to ruin a holiday. We suggest sticking to well-cooked food (especially well-cooked eggs and meat) and if you want to be safer still, the vegetarian option is often the safest when it comes to picking your dish. Learn more about the food in Niue here.
7. Be Proactive When Feeling Sick
If you are showing any kind of symptoms, don’t wait too long before consulting a doctor. Local doctors are knowledgeable and will help keep the situation under control. In fact, it is often recommended to see local doctors for tropical diseases, rather than waiting to see your doctor at home, as they are more experienced at diagnosing local illnesses.
8. Avoid the “Flight Flu”
Have you ever felt a bit sick after a flight? A bit of a runny nose, ear pain and a headache, maybe? This is very common and can be avoided very easily. Simply pop a couple of paracetamol and a spray of nasal solution in each nostril about 30 minutes before boarding and you reduce your risk of picking up any classic “flight flu” symptoms.
9. Finish That Sunscreen Bottle
The Niuean sun is relentless, with high UV levels all year round and extreme UV levels from September to March. Needless to say, you will need to pack sunscreen in your daypack even if clouds are around. A good trick is to set a phone alarm every three hours to reapply sunscreen. But, if you jump into one of the stunning waterholes of the country, make sure to reapply once you dry off. Heatstroke and heat exhaustion are common but can be avoided with regular sunscreen application and a fashionable sun hat. And if you haven’t got your sunscreen yet, we’ve got plenty of suggestions for you from reef-safe sunscreen for Niue to the best kids’ reef-safe sunscreens on the market.
10. Avoid Cuts (or Know How to Clean Them)
With so many rock pools and coral formations to explore, we can’t stress enough how important it is to pack some decent reef shoes for Niue. However, if you end up cutting yourself, it is critical to take the right precautions from the get-go:
- Clean the cut with water and remove any foreign objects from it (coral bits, sand, etc.)
- Disinfect using alcohol wipes
- Place a band-aid of the correct size to seal the wound and avoid anything getting in
- Change the band-aid once daily or if it has been bleeding.
More Health Tips for Niue
- 10 Health & Safety Tips for Travelling Niue with Kids
- 10 Tips to Avoid Mosquito Bites in Niue
- What are the Best Sunscreens for Niue?