Travel Health Check

Holidays are all about enjoying yourself, however if you fall ill abroad then you might as well right off the rest of your holiday. To ensure you and your family have a memorable holiday for the right reasons, make sure you have all the necessary vaccinations and treatments needed for the country you’ll be travelling to.

Travel Checklist

Some countries around the world require you to have particular injections and vaccinations before you travel to them. Even with countries that don’t require vaccinations to travel to them, there might still be a few precautionary treatments you should take or at least have with you to avoid falling ill.

Being well prepared for your holiday can help to ensure it runs more smoothly and that you don’t fall ill. We recommend following our travel health checklist:

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  • Ensure all your vaccinations are up to date
  • Make sure you get any injections that are needed for the country you’re travelling to from your local travel clinic
  • Check whether you need to take malaria tablets
  • Ensure you have mosquito repellent with you
  • Purchase the adequate sun protection for your destination

Basic Holiday First Aid Kit

Should you be travelling deep into a country where there might be limited healthcare available or that has a predominantly strong native language, the having a basic travel first aid kit with you can help prevent something small from turning into a large medical problem. In a basic holiday first aid kit we recommend having:

  • Travel sickness medication
  • Diarrhoea treatment
  • Rehydration tablets
  • Constipation treatment
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Dressings (plasters and sterile bandages)
  • Insect bite cream
  • Pain killers
  • Anti-inflammatory medication

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Holiday Health Tips

Even with all the necessary vaccinations and medications in place, there is still a chance of contracting some form of illness. To ensure you keep healthy, so you can enjoy your holiday we recommend following some simple health tips to ensure you can keep enjoying your holiday. Some of the most common health issues when travelling abroad are:

Travel Sickness

Motion or travel sickness is something that many people suffer from and the severity of the condition can greatly vary person to person. People that might not usually suffer from motion sickness, might experience it abroad due to the change in climate. If you happen to suffer from travel or motion sickness we recommend:

  • Find a cool place to take in as much fresh air as possible
  • Be careful what you eat, avoid fatty foods or large meals before travelling
  • Try to sleep or find a focus object to can focus your mind on

Diarrhoea

Although it’s not a pleasant illness, it is something that most people will suffer from either at home or abroad. Diarrhoea can be caused by food, weather conditions and even drinking water in foreign countries. Should you happen to suffer from diarrhoea when your abroad or to avoid contracting it we recommend:

  • Avoid drinking any water from the tap only drink water from a bottle
  • Always wash your hands before eating or drinking food
  • if you’re eating fresh fruit or vegetables make sure their washed in sterilised or bottled water
  • Avoid ice, although it’s nice to cool your drink down there likely to be made from tap water
  • Try not to eat food from street vendors
  • Take rehydration tablets

Insect Bites

Most hot countries have insects that the UK doesn’t have and without the right protection, it’s possible you might suffer from an insect bite. If you’re bitten by an unfamiliar insect, we always recommend seeing a doctor. Some ways to prevent insect bites include:

  • Arms and legs should be kept covered when possible
  • Use insect repellent and skin protection cream
  • Keep all food and drink covered when it’s left unattended

Malaria

Malaria isn’t something you’ll be at risk of contracting in most countries. However, if you are travelling to a country that has a high risk of potentially contacting Malaria then there are a few measures you can take such as:

  • Use insect repellent that contains Diethyl-meta-toluamide. This ingredient is one of the repellent available against mosquitos
  • When it gets to night time and the weather cools down try to wear long sleeved tops and trousers
  • Use a mosquito net when sleeping
  • Close windows and doors on a night time

Keeping Healthy Abroad

Following a simple checklist and these few handy health tips will help to keep healthy whilst you’re enjoying your holiday. When you spend all that money to go on holiday, there’s nothing worse than falling ill whilst you’re abroad. From vaccines to simple things such as first aid kits you’ll be able to stay healthy and enjoy all that your holiday has to offer.