There’s nothing worse than getting sick, being struck down by flu or spending forever sniffing because of your allergies… Unless you get sick on holiday, that is. Don’t let illness hamper your travels. Stay healthy before, during and after your travels by visiting the Flight Centre Travel Clinic and following these essential tips to keep you in fine fettle:
Tackle heat rash
If you suffer from prickly heat in the sun, take antihistamines for up to two weeks before you go on holiday (but check with your doctor first). This tactic should help prevent a rash from forming.
If you’re travelling to a country for which you need vaccinations, prepare for your trip four to six weeks before you travel. For Expert advice on what vaccinations you need, visit one of Flight Centre’s Travel Clinics opening across the UK – such as the clinic at our High Street Kensington store. Prices start at £20 for a consultation.
Stock up on pharmaceuticals
Put together a travel kit of health essentials, including painkillers, antiseptic, anti-diarrhoea pills, sunscreen, insect repellent and any prescription medications.
Don’t let the mozzies win
Use a good insect repellent when you’re out between dusk and dawn. Products containing the chemical DEET are the most effective. Minimise itching and swelling from insect bites with a once-a-day antihistamine.
Do what Baz Luhrmann says
Stay safe in the sun. Wear sunscreen, at least factor 15 (preferably higher!), use a protective sun hat and spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest.
Be altitude conscious
On long-haul flights, wear comfortable clothing, and walk around and stretch your legs whenever you can. Stay hydrated with water, and avoid alcohol to minimise swollen joints.
Stick to bottled water
In countries with poor sanitation, avoid drinking the tap water and use bottled water to brush your teeth. Avoid ice in your drinks too.
In developing countries, avoid eating salads that might have been washed in untreated water. Also, steer clear of fresh or cooked food that has been exposed to flies or standing at ambient temperature in a warm environment.
Apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) that gives you access to emergency medical treatment in Europe. It’s important to have travel insurance too, as the right policy should cover costs that an EHIC doesn’t – your personal contributions towards treatment and a delayed return journey for example.