FIFA Worldcup 2014: Carefree travels in Brazil

May 6, 2014

On the 12th of June the World Cup in Brazil starts. In one month from today, thousands of supporters will be traveling to this ( sub) tropical destination . Such a journey requires good preparation. Read our tips & tricks.

FIFA Worldcup 2014: Carefree travels in Brazil

The first match
On the 12th of June the World Cup in Brazil starts. In one month from today, thousands of supporters will be traveling to this ( sub) tropical destination . The kick-off match between Brazil and Croatia takes place in Sao Paulo.  

Germany will play on june 17 in Belo Horizonte, on june 22 in Rio de Janeiro and on june 26 in Sao Paolo.

Dengue and Malaria risk
A long journey requires good preparation. In June and July it is about 28 degrees in Brazil and it rains approximately 24 days . For mosquito larvae these are the ideal conditions . In Brazil you run a Dengue and Malaria risk . The tiger mosquito stings during daytime and is responsible for 50-100 milion of Dengue infections per year worldwide . The malaria mosquito bites after sunset and is responsible for one million deaths per year worldwide . For this reason it's important to protect yourself against mosquitos both during the day and night . There is no vaccine against Dengue and Malaria , therefor mosquito bite prevention is really important . Malaria tablets are recommended for some host cities . Please see your doctor and travel clinic for a personalized advise.

How to prevent a mosquito bite ?
Cover your body as much as possible with clothing : long pants , long sleeves , socks and closed shoes . Our clothing is both sun and mosquito repellent , without impregnation of the fabric. Use a repellent with DEET on exposed skin . Our DEET 50% offers up to 10 hours of protection against ( malaria ) mosquitoes . Make sure you sleep in a mosquito-free ( bed) room . While travelling a window screen can easily be improvised with a Bug Sheet . A lightweight impregnated mosquito net offers optimal protection against ( malaria ) mosquitoes , lice , bedbugs and fleas . A lightweight mosquito net does not have to be heavier than only 150 grams . The use of a well- functioning air conditioning helps to keep mosquitoes at a distance as well.


Vaccinations for Yellow Fever , Hepatitis A and DTP are recommended for Brazil. Make sure you get them in time, and by the end of May at the latest.

Food and water hygiene
Drinking water contaminated with microorganisms can result in a health hazard. Examples are infectious diseases of the gastric and intestinal tract, like diarrhea, typhoid, cholera and hepatitis A. Diarrhea is a common ailment in hot countries . Did you get sick ? It is important to prevent dehydration by drinking extra water , with O.R.S. With the following tips you will not spend the World Cup on the toilet : eat meat or fish cooked or well done and peel your own fruit. Boil tap water before consumption , or use a filter or water disinfectant . Buy bottled water in its original sealed packaging . When in doubt, buy carbonated water. Use purified or bottled water to brush your teeth.

Sun and heat
In a warm and humid climate wounds can infect easily . Our advice is to bring a well-stocked first-aid kit to treat and bandage wounds.

Wear protective ( UV - protective ) clothing and a hat to protect your skin against the harmful effects of the sun. Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or 50 generously and regularly. A good standard is to use 1 teaspoon for the face. For an arm or leg you need 2 teaspoons . For the the front or back of an average torso you need 4 teaspoons.

Anti – sunburn products should always be applied to skin 30 minutes before exposure to the sun. If a sunscreen is used in combination with an insect repellent, the sunscreen should first be allowed to absorb into skin for 20 minutes. The insect repellent can then be applied and allowed to dry for 10 minutes before sun exposure.

Drink plenty of water and be moderate with alcohol. Strenuous activity can result in a loss of fluids. A combination of the right quantities of salts and sugars enhances the absorption of water during physical exertion. A glucose - salt preparation like O.R.S. promotes the absorption of water during physical activity .

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