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Your Pre-Summer Holiday Health Checklist
Getting ready for your Summer holidays? Well before you start packing and getting your currency ready, pay some attention to your health. Falling victim to illness or injury during your holiday can ruin your experience, undoing the point of why you’re taking a break in the first place.
Many holiday health issues can be avoided, so make sure you carry out your pre-holiday checklist and ensure a happy and safe summer holiday.
Make sure you’re covered
Ensuring that you’ve got health cover is one of the most important things you should do before you go on holiday. We haven’t left the EU yet, so you can still get some use out of your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) card if you’re travelling in Europe.
Your EHIC card will ensure that your medical care is covered until you return home. However, you still need travel insurance. Travel insurance can cover larger medical bills, the cost of a rescue or being flown home, etc. Choose the right travel insurance for your needs and have one less thing to worry about during your break.
Get your prescriptions in order
While a holiday it is the perfect opportunity to get away from it all, you can’t get away from it completely – and if you have a medication you usually take, make sure you get your prescription renewed before you go. If you’ve left it too late, an online pharmacy is quick and cheaper than a high street pharmacy, helping you get your medication before you go. Pack everything carefully and ensure you’ve got enough to cover you for longer than you’re away for.
Pack a first aid kit
Many common holiday accidents/illnesses can be treated yourself. Pack a travel first aid kit with you featuring plasters, antiseptic cream, and painkillers. Sun cream should be essential for your travel toiletries, but pack some aloe vera just in case you fall victim to sunburn.
Be safe, don’t take risks
When you’re relaxed on holiday, it can make it easier to leave your inhibitions behind. But just because you’re on holiday, doesn’t mean you should take unnecessary risks. Stay in well-lit areas when walking at night, don’t drink too much and avoid risky behaviour.
Health and safety regulations might not be as strict as they are in the UK, so that’s something to bear in mind when taking part in activities you’re unsure about.
Check health information for your chosen destination
Different countries have different health concerns, so it’s always wise to check the Foreign Office’s website before you go to ensure you’ve got all the vaccinations and precautions you need. If you suffer from health concerns that you’re worried could be affected by your travel, make an appointment with your GP before you go to get advice on looking after your health when travelling.
Haven’t booked your Summer holiday yet? Why not book a last-minute deal. Make it possible by learning how to manage your budget and get some funds together. Be extra cautious with your health when booking a last-minute holiday so that you can focus on having the time of your life this summer.
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