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Tips for staying healthy on holiday
Published on 06 April 2017 by Rachael Joy, updated on 02 May 2017
Be a health-conscious traveller – The checklist to ensure you have a relaxed holiday.
We all go on our holiday because we want to unwind, relax and de-stress. By being a health-conscious traveller it will help you stay safe and keep you free from illness. Have a read to check you meet the criteria.
1) Travel Health insurance – Ensure that you obtain the appropriate travel insurance for your planned trip, make sure you confirm all your planned activities are included. Travelling within Europe, ensure you have an up to date European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you will still need travel insurance though – if you have not got one then visit this website www.nhs.uk/ehic
2) In date travel documents - Have you checked your passport? Are your visas valid? Make sure you have access to your holiday booking reference and details of your accommodation whilst travelling.
3) Routine Medication – Ensure you have a sufficient supply of your routine medications with you for your trip.
4) In-flight health - This is vital to guarantee you arrive on your holiday relaxed. You can easily manage this by staying well hydrated throughout the flight by drinking non-alcoholic fluids, keep your skin well moisturised, importantly walking around the cabin every 10-15 minutes and doing some simple stretches whilst sitting in your seat will help keep you mobile.
5) Travel illness prevention – You can take the upper hand in preventing travel illness before your holiday by making sure you have vaccinations against any illnesses that you may be exposed to whilst on your trip. There are some common immunisations that will help you stay healthy whilst on holiday. Are you up to date with Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoid? If you are visiting further afield than Europe, then more vaccines might be required that will ensure you enjoy your exotic trip to the fullest. Do you know if your trip requires a certificate of immunisation? This could be a certificate of immunisation for Yellow fever if you’re going on a safari in Africa or Meningitis ACWY if you are attending the Hajj Pilgrimage.
6) Anti-Bite prevention- Ensuring you are sufficiently protected against mosquito bites, by ensuring you are using appropriate repellents and using mosquito nets to prevent those mosquitoes from biting. Vitally, if you are travelling to a country with a risk of Malaria then this does require you take anti-malarial medication.
7) Medical supplies for illness whilst away - Have you thought about the medical supplies you may need if you become unwell whilst on your holiday. Taking a basic supply of medical treatments; re-hydration sachets, anti-histamine tablets, anti-diarrhoea medication, basic pain relief and a simple first aid kit are always a good idea. For those more exotic travellers or backpackers it's always worth considering the requirement for prophylaxis antibiotics or altitude sickness medication.
8) Sun Protection – We all want to top up our Vitamin D but getting your sun tan safely is vital. Remember to stay out of direct sun light between 11am and 3pm.
9) You need to know if there are any safety alerts in the area that you are travelling to. You can do this by signing up to alerts on the country you are visiting through Foreign Common wealth Office here> https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advic
Whether you are planning your trip, on the plane or on your holiday there are plenty of health related concerns you should be aware of and prepare for, hopefully these tips have helped you to have the upper hand and be a health-conscious traveller to ensure you stay healthy and enjoy your holiday to the full! At One Stop Doctors we provide a complete solution to your travel health needs; from advice, to vaccines, to anti-malaria medication:
Holistic travel health consultation with an experienced practitioner
This includes country specific risk assessments so please bring your itinerary
Immunisations for vaccine preventable diseases, including prevention advice;
Diptheria, Tetanus, Polio
Measles, Mumps and Rubella - Especially important for those who missed the MMR (anyone born before 1986)
Yellow Fever - This includes the necessary certificates to ensure you are not held up at border control.
We can also provide vaccines for those travelling to see Family and Friends, Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage’s, and business travellers.
Just give us a call for an appointment on 0800 852 1234.