So, you’ve got a holiday planned and you can’t wait to get away for a week or two, but there’s something that shouldn’t be overlooked. Doing a few health checks before you go will ensure you’re traveling safe, so make sure you don’t risk your general well-being, with these important must haves.
Make sure to read up on your destination and the advice and regulations they have about health. Sometimes vaccinations are required, for example in tropical climes and regions known to have Malaria. You’ll need to prepare in advance for this and remember to pack some painkillers, antiseptics and insect repellents just in case.
The Aloe Vera plant has many beneficial health properties that makes it perfect for travel. It contains soothing ingredients great for calming down insect bites and sunburn. It can also be used to help spots vanish. Carry a gel form around in your travel bag in case of emergencies.
If you wear glasses, you might want to think about swapping to daily disposable contacts for the duration of your holiday. It makes it easier and more practical, especially if you’re someone who loves to swim. Try shopping online for a good deal, and you can even get travel size contact lens solution to fit easily in with your luggage. If not, you are going to want to find prescription sunglasses.
Motion Sickness Tablets
Getting on a rocky ferry and realizing you don’t have any sea sickness tablets is a sure way to ruin your day. Pack some motion sickness tablets just in case, making sure to take two tablets, two hours before you travel. Set this on your phone alarm, so you don’t have to worry about reminding yourself.
Finally, your medication is the most important thing and should be kept in your hand luggage just in case your suitcase goes missing. By purchasing a tablet organizer, you’ll be able to keep track of what you’ve taken during the week. That way you’ll know straight away if you’ve skipped any pills.
If you’re traveling to a hot country, you’ll definitely need to pack some sun tan lotion, to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Skin cancer is a growing problem in the UK, affecting over 2,600 people, so it’s best to use a high factor and be safe. Some advice to consider is to stay away from full on sun exposure when it’s at it’s highest, especially if you have kids. The sun is most effective from between 11 and 3 pm, so cover up with a hat or t-shirt f you’re spending long stretches in the sun.
Make sure you don’t step on a plane without good travel insurance, especially if you’re planning to go from country to country. It’s important to get the right type of insurance and know what you’re paying for. Good travel insurance will cover the full length of your stay, as well as your holiday destination. And don’t forget you’ll need a European health insurance card (EHIC).