While you should always seek professional medical advice should you feel seriously ill when on holiday, there are some everyday symptoms that you can treat yourself. If you are away for a few days, along with any medication you usually take, you should think about preparing a basic holiday illness kit in case shops are closed or you find yourself too far from a chemist.
The basic health problems on holiday include things like upset stomachs, headaches, indigestion along with minor cuts and scratches. Care should be taken if flying abroad as airport security may not allow you to take certain products or sharp objects like scissors in your hand luggage.
A basic illness kit can consist of a simple sweet tin that can readily contain a few strips of tablets some plasters and a tube of anti-septic cream. It is not meant that you are able to open a local chemist of your own but are able relieve any problems quickly, until you can reach a pharmacist or doctor if the problem become more serious.
Travelling First Aid Kit should include:-
A dozen assorted sized plasters
- A blister of painkillers
- A blister of indigestion tablets
- A blister of tablets for relieving upset stomachs
- Travel sickness tablets
- Some throat sweets
- A couple of sachets for hangovers
- Antiseptic wipes
- Small tube of anti-septic cream
- Bottled water
Apart from unavoidable accidents like cuts and burns many of the most common holiday illnesses can be avoided with simple and commonsense precautions. Washing hands properly, drinking bottled water and avoiding street vendor food, can all help to avoid upset stomachs. Wearing a hat, covering up and putting on at least factor 15 suntan lotion will help prevent severe sunburn and sunstroke. Also do not sit out in direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm.
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can also be the cause of unpleasant times throughout your holiday. Try not drink too much and remember at all times to keep yourself hydrated, especially in warmer climates. Air-conditioning can also bring on dreaded summer colds and sore throats so having a couple of throat pastels or cold cures at the ready, is always a useful addition.
Remember though if in doubt consult a doctor or medical centre.
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