The majority of us love to travel. Seeing the wonderful sites of the world and experiencing travel is one of the many things that we endeavour to do on a regular basis. However, before we do, there are a few things that we should do to make sure we are fit to travel. After all, no one wants their holiday to run into problems, or be cut short by something that could be easily avoided beforehand. Check out my list of things to check to make sure you are fit to travel.
You would think this one was common sense. But many people travel on holidays every year without taking out the necessary medical travel insurance. It’s an essential purchase for your holiday, but it’s also equally important that travellers purchase the correct insurance for their trip.
Insurance should cover you for emergency medical treatment, medical evacuation and accidents. You should also make sure that it covers you for all of the intended destinations of your trip.
When purchasing your travel insurance, you should always declare any underlying medical conditions and all of the medication that you take – even the over the counter type. If you don’t, it could make the cover invalid, and potentially useless! Are you pregnant? If so you should make sure you let the insurance company know, so that you have the correct cover for you and your unborn baby.
If you are planning on doing any adventure sports or water sports – make sure you have the correct cover. It would be awful to get injured doing something you have looked forward to for a long time and have no way to pay for any treatment that you need.
You should seek advice from your GP regarding vaccinations, at least six weeks before you go on holiday. You need to be up to date with all of your standard immunisations such as diphtheria, polio and tetanus. You should also check with them to make sure there aren’t any specific vaccinations you need for the country you are travelling to.
If you have to travel with prescribed medicines, you should carry it in your hand luggage alongside a copy of a prescription letter from your GP. It will need to have details of the name of the medicine, how much you need to travel with and that it is intended for personal use.
Medication such as strong painkillers, or anything with codeine, shouldn’t be taken into another country even if you have a prescription. You will need to check with the consulate of the country you need to take them to see if they are legal and if they’re not you will need to obtain a customs clearance. This is very important.
First Aid Kit
It’s always worth travelling with a First Aid Kit. Even if you are on a road trip in your home country. Again, make sure that the things you want to put in it, are okay to travel with. Check out travel guides for the country you are visiting before you go.
Travelling in pregnancy
Mums to be should make sure that they are fit to travel before they do so. Most expectant Mothers are allowed to travel up until 37 weeks (32 with twins). However, after week 28, some airlines may want a letter from their GP confirming their due date and that they aren’t at any risk of complications.
It can be tiring and uncomfortable travelling in the final months of pregnancy – I can speak from experience of this! Many women find the best time to travel is between four and six months.
Finally, make sure that you take your medical notes with you, and as you would do in this country, and carry them with you everywhere you go.
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