Travel Health Tips

  • First AidCheck the latest travel advice and travel bulletins for your destination before you depart and while travelling so you can ensure you have the latest health information.
  • Continue to take your prescription medication. Keep a supply of important medication in your hand luggage in case your check-in luggage goes missing. Always take spare medication when going on excursions.
  • Prepare a small first-aid kit with items such as headache tablets, antacids, antiseptic lotion, cotton wool, band-aids, latex gloves, safety pins, SPF 30+ sunscreen and an appropriate insect repellent.
  • If you’re unsure about the safety of local water supplies, use bottled water to drink and brush your teeth – always check the seal. Don’t put ice in drinks — freezing preserves germs, it doesn’t kill them. Also, avoid uncooked food, including salads and fruit that you cannot peel.
  • If your trip will involve an increase to your usual physical activity, such as a lot of walking or hiking, gradually build up your fitness in the weeks and months before you depart. Make sure you get clearance from your doctor before beginning any new exercise or fitness regime.
  • HikingIf your trip includes high altitude locations (over 2,500 m) you should see your doctor and get advice specific to your situation. Altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of their physical fitness, and can rapidly become very dangerous, particularly in remote locations.
  • Consider taking a stockpile of hygiene products with you. In some countries supplies of feminine hygiene products, nappies and contraceptives (including condoms) can be unreliable or non-existent. Practice safe sex as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmissible infections are widespread in many countries.
  • If you’ve been scuba diving, don’t travel in an aircraft for at least 24 hours after your final dive.
  • To help avoid deep vein thrombosis (DVT): drink plenty of fluids (but avoid alcohol and caffeine), stretch your feet and lower legs while seated and walk around the cabin at regular intervals.
  • Exercise within your limits — especially in hot climates.