Stay Healthy this Summer

Summer holidays are meant to be a time to relax and enjoy, however if you fall ill abroad it can ruin your holiday and be quite frightening. To help anyone planning a trip abroad this summer, we’ve created a list of the top 6 medical issues any traveller can face, and the best ways to prevent or handle them.

Travel Sickness

Travel sickness affects most people at one time or another, and it can be a really horrible experience. Whether you’re travelling by air, rail, road or sea there are some easy ways to avoid travel sickness.

. Always sit facing the direction of travel – If travelling by car or rail always keep your eyes on a fixed position in the distance, this will make sure you know about any upcoming bumps or turns.

. Choose a seat where you will experience the least movement, for example the middle of an airplane or the front seat of a car.

. Herbal anti-sickness medications can be really helpful, plus be careful what you eat and drink before a long journey.

Sun Protection

Sun burn, sun stroke and dehydration are really horrible issues to face in hot climates, but they are easily preventable. Always remember to apply adequate sun screen in hot climates, and to reapply every few hours (especially if getting your skin wet in the sea or pool). Take adequate breaks in the shade, stay hydrated, wear a hat and UV sun glasses. After time in the sun always remember to apply after sun or moisturiser.

The Effects of Alcohol

Remember that alcohol measures are usually much larger abroad, and take effect quickly in the heat or if you’re already dehydrated. Drink plenty of water and watch your alcohol consumption to avoid a nasty hangover, dehydration or an alcohol related accident.

Jet Lag

If you’re travelling further afield you may fall victim to jet lag, which can ruin the first few days of any holiday.To try to combat jet lag you should try to sync your sleep patterns with your chosen destination as soon as possible, even a few days before your depart.

Watch what you eat and drink during the flight, lots of caffeine and sugar will only confuse your body further.

If you have to nap during the day, try to limit yourself to a 20 minute power nap.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

DVT is something every traveller should be aware of, especially if you’re travelling on a long journey. To help prevent DVT you should keep active during the journey or flight, try to move your leg muscles every 15 minutes to keep the blood circulating properly. Compression socks are also an easy and affordable way to prevent DVT.

Stomach Troubles

Most travellers have probably faced stomach problems during a trip abroad, including diarrhoea, constipation, cramps and food poisoning. These issues can be caused by a number of things including different foods and even just the stress of travelling. Carry natural aids with you or seek medical attention.

To make sure you are prepared for any unexpected medical issues abroad, always make sure you invest in quality travel insurance, carry a valid EHIC, and invest in a decent travel first aid kit. You should also carry a photocopy of any prescriptions you take, just in case.

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