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Health and Traveling Safety Advice

The last thing you want when you are on holiday is to get sick or worse. A few simple precautions will help you avoid this and other common ailments:

First Aid

Be prepared by packing a basic first aid kit along with your regular holiday gear. If you take prescription drugs, take the prescription with you and their generic names. You'll avoid mix-ups with customs officials and, if necessary, can get new supplies.

What To Take

Put together or buy from a chemist or travel clinic a basic first aid kit, containing antiseptic cream, a packet of good-quality assorted plasters, a sealed bandage, bandage tape, sealed gauze, scissors and tweezers. To this you can add:
  • Decongestant tablets for earache on flights
  • A small, screw-top plastic bottle of distilled water
  • Calamine lotion and antihistamine cream for soothing rashes, burns and stings
  • General painkillers
  • Multivitamins
  • Treatments for diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting
  • Motion-sickness treatments
  • Insect repellant
First Aid For Children

Travelling with an ill child can be a miserable affair for them and you. The following could be added to a parent's first aid kit:
  • Junior painkillers/painkilling syrup
  • Spares of any medication a child takes
  • Rehydration treatments, particularly for babies on flights
  • Plastic syringe/spoons for liquid medication
  • Sterile antiseptic wipes
  • High-protection suncream
  • Junior decongestant nasal spray
  • A thermometer - but not a mercury one, they're not allowed in airplane cabins

Prevention is the best cure for illness, so tailor your first aid kit to your holiday. Sleeping nets impregnated with mosquito repellent are excellent if you're going to Africa, for example. And suncreams with built-in insect repellent are another must-have.

Embassies Travel Advice

Whereverer you travel it is always worthwhile making a note of where your local embassy is. Your embassy is your connection to your home country while on holiday and are there to assist if you lose your passport or are in trouble. You will normally find your embassy in the capital city of a country, though other major cities might have consulates or consulate offices.

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