Your Health To-Do List Before Your Travel

November 20, 2019

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When you're going abroad on holiday or for a long trip, there are loads of things you need to do and think about but one of the most important things is to make sure you're healthy enough to go as soon you won't be in the UK with easy access to healthcare, so it's best to get the thumbs up from a professional to make sure your health is in good shape. Got for a regular check-up anyway and as well as this to make sure you're in tip-top shape, do the following:

Find out if you need travel jabs or just make sure your vaccinations are up to date. If you're going somewhere where you need vaccinations, then a full vaccination schedule should be started at least eight weeks before you go. Also, be aware that some travel vaccinations can expire, so it's best to keep a logbook with you at all times to keep track of when you last had your jabs. 

Existing Conditions
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, then make sure you have a sufficient supply of medication for your trip. Also, when you're travelling, it's always a good idea to split your medication between hand luggage and checked luggage in case one of your bags goes missing. If you suffer from tinnitus, then don't worry about the flight as most people don't experience any adverse effect on their condition whilst flying, but do make sure that you avoid using earplugs during a flight. When you seal out background noise, your tinnitus may become more pronounced. Also, try chewing gum or suck on a sweet which will cause you to swallow more often and help equalise the air pressure during take-off and descent.

Have A First Aid Kit
You don't need a fully equipped first aid kit but prepare a few essentials such as sun cream, painkillers and antiseptic. It is best to get a waterproof container for them so you can forget about it and avoid damage over your travels. 

Don't Forget The Sun Cream
When looking for which suncream to take with you make sure that the bottle says the letters "UVA" and has at least SPF30 sunscreen to protect against UVB. If you’re only taking hand luggage then you could either wait until you get to your destination to buy it or get smaller bottles that you can take through security at the airport. 

Travel Insurance
Whether you're off on a six month trip around Australia or a family holiday in France, it's vital to have the right travel insurance. Make sure your policy covers your destination and how long you're staying for as well as any activities that you might do. 

Deep Vein Thrombosis 
If you're going on a long haul flight, then be aware of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), 
Make sure you get up from your seat to walk around and stretch your legs whenever you can.
Drink regularly, but avoid alcohol, and wear loose, comfortable clothes too. If you're worried about this, then speak to your doctor about it before you go.

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