Being in one of the greatest countries during this time of year, you’ll catch yourself a great tan and consume Brazil’s culture at the same time. But while you’re most likely going to be high on football fever, it’s also important to remember that you’re in a foreign country and your health and safety should always be a priority.
We’ve rounded up a few tips and advice on simple (but important) ways to make your trip in Brazil a little more easily.
Drink plenty of water
Of course, if you’re going to be watching the football, you’ll want to be in the spirit with other people you'll have a drink or a few. Remember to know your limits and to drink responsibly as the hype of this major football even can make people less aware of their limits. Brazil is a hot country and temperatures can soar during the afternoon so make sure you take a beer break and drink plenty of water during the course of your day and stay hydrated at all times.
Avoid mosquito bites
Diseases spread by mosquitoes; such s malaria, dengue and yellow fever are common throughout Brazil. Avoid bug bites as best you can by applying exposed parts of your body with insect repellent wipes. There’s nothing worse than being in a hot country and feeling bothered by the heat but feeling itchy too will leave you extremely irritated. So make sure that you wipe the insect repellent at the beginning of your day for maximum effect.
Always be aware of your surroundings
Brazil has a high level of serious crime, especially in the major cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The violent crime includes muggings, armed robbery, kidnapping and sexual assault. While the risk is greater during the evening and at night, street crime is also common during the day. It’s very important to know that if you are attacked or robbed, do not resist. Thieves are often armed and you could be seriously injured or even killed. Make sure you walk in groups with people, keep your expensive jewellery and gadgets (that includes your phone) out of sight, dress down and carry as little cash or credit cards as you need as victims are often targeted for perceived wealth and being a tourist.
Medical Insurance and first aid kit
Make sure you know your medical insurance benefits and that you are definitely insured for international travel. If not, you can always buy a policy online as well as comparing them to whichever is most suitable for you. Being in a foreign country, you might not be able to access medical care as easily so make sure you carry a small medical kit wherever you go because you never know when you might need it. Include the essentials in your kit like bandages, plasters, antiseptic wipes, safety scissors and range of medicine such as Paracetomal and diarrhea relief tablets.
Know your emergency contacts
Even in a foreign country, there will be contact numbers that tourists can access in case of an emergency. Brazil’s emergency numbers are: 190 for police, 192 for an ambulance and 193 for the fire department. If you’re staying in a hotel, it would be ideal to store the hotel number and address in your phone too, just in case you forget. Being in a foreign destination, you are likely to be charged for texts and phone calls so avoid these if you can or expect a large phone bill at the end of your trip. If you’re able to access wi-fi, take the opportunity to send quick text/picture messages through smartphone apps which don’t charge to send or make free phone/video calls.
Give yourself a break
With all the football commotion and excitement in the air, it would be hard to not join in but remember to give yourself a break every so often. It’s easy to be caught up in all the thrill but cooling off with a refresher wipe, sipping some ice cold water and having a small nibble to eat will keep your energy levels up. Spending as little as 15 minutes, a few times a day doing this will ensure your body is fit enough to keep up with everything that is happening. Don’t risk ruining your World Cup adventure because of starvation or dehydration.
During the World Cup, it will no doubt be at the height of excitement for Brazil. There will be a lot of people (tourists and citizens) around so it’s important to be aware of what you’re doing at all times and travel wherever you go in numbers. It is a very exhilarating time of year for people and even more so for those that are lucky enough to experience it, so it would be a shame if it was ruined because of the lack of preparation or consciousness.
For those people that will be there - enjoy and be safe!