What to take on holiday?

1Keep your blood flowing

If travelling for more than 2-3 hours in a car, bus, plane or boat, it is important to try and keep the blood in your legs going. Standing up every 2 hours or flexing your ankles is helpful, so is taking 70 mg aspirin before the trip. This prevents blood clots, especially in smokers, the elderly and women on birth control pills.

2Think: Travelling = Need Water.

Always have a water bottle with you when travelling long distances, or for long periods. The recycled air on planes increases dehydration risk, and on buses and boats you might not be able to get water. Staying hydrated will keep you feeling fresher longer, and help you fight travel fatigue.

3Need daily medication?

Bring a copy of your prescription to show on your travels, and do not remove medicine from the original packaging. Keep a 2 day dose on you or in your hand luggage in case of lost luggage. And remember, always bring your passport with you, keep a photocopy at home.

4Need vaccinations?

Exotic destination? Check vaccination information at least 3 months before departure. Malaria in the area? You need to start anti-malarial drugs a few weeks before travelling. It is a good idea to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A, it is transmitted through food and water, is very common and causes diarrhea and vomiting.

5Other essentials

Remember sunscreen and a hydrating skin lotion if spending time in the sun. Aloe Vera gels are very helpful for burns, and good quality sunglasses with 100% UV protection are essential. A hat with a brim is also nice and keeps you from getting overheated.

6Bring a first aid kit!

Always bring a first aid kit on travels, with Alvogen ORS, pain killers, diarrhea drugs, allergy and travel sickness medicines, along with other essentials. It may save your health and your holiday!