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Travelling abroad is exciting, but with so many things to see and do when you get there, the basics of
health and safety are often neglected.
Every year, people living in the UK go on more than 60 million trips abroad. Most have a safe trip,but some people get ill or have an accident and need medical treatment while they’re away. From organising travel insurance and vaccinations to preventing DVT and jet lag,
here’s what to think about before you travel.
Travel kit checklist
After sun lotion
First aid kit
Make sure you purchase a sunscreen with a sun protective factor(SPF)
of at least 15, the highr the factor the better you are protected
against the suns harmful rays.
Mosquito’s usually bite between dusk and dawn,they are attracted to us by
our body heat.The best repellants against mosquito bites are those which
contain DEET, these are available in sparays roll-ons, sticks and creams.
Your GP can advise you whether the area you are travelling to is malarial
and advise you on protection.
Antihiatamines can help reduce itching and irritation caused by allergies
and insect bites, These can be bought in tablet form, nasal sprays and
Anti diarrhoea pills can slow down bowel movements, to relieve
the symptoms of diarrhoea.
Rehydration sachets help replace fluids and salts lost through diarrhoea, vomiting and too
much sun. You can purchase these from the pharmacy.
First Aid Kit
It is always a good idea to carry a small first aid kit, which usually contain
essential and useful items such as antiseptic cream, plasters and bandages.
As well as remembering all of the above also talk to your Gp about vaccinations
at least 6 weeks before you travel.
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