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Travelling Well -  Travel Health Checklist

Make the most of your trip by preparing beforehand for common holiday health issues and by reading our health tips list for advice whilst you are away.

Health checklist: before you travel

Being well prepared can help a holiday run more smoothly. Here are some holiday health tips:
  • Ensure you have all your vaccinations up to date for the place you are travelling to
  • Check whether you need malaria tablets and if so, make sure you start taking them the required number of days before you travel
  • Ensure you have mosquito or insect repellent with you
  • Ensure you have adequate sun protection for your destination
  • If you are travelling to a location with unfamiliar language or health system, it may be worth taking a basic first aid kit, including:
  • Travel sickness medication (if needed)
  • Diarrhoea treatment
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Constipation treatment
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Plasters
  • Insect bite cream
  • Pain killers

Holiday Health Tips

Here are some trips to help you to deal with common health issues during your trip.

Travel sickness:

Remember to:
  • Try and find a cool place to sit that gets fresh air if possible
  • Be careful what you eat: try to avoid eat large meals and lots of fatty food before and during travel
  • Try to sleep or try to focus on a stationary object ahead of you. Avoid reading, watching films or playing computer games


Remember to:
  • Avoid drinking or using water (this includes tooth brushing, washing food and also directly from the tap unless specified as being safe
  • Always wash hands before eating or touching food
  • Avoid fruit and vegetable washed in tap water
  • Eat peeling fruits and vegetables
  • Avoid ice, unless it is made with bottle or treated water
  • Avoid food from street vendors and unpasteurised milk and ice-cream

Malaria prevention

If you are travelling to a country with malaria, remember to:
  • Use an insect repellent. Products containing DEET (Diethyl-meta-toluamide) repellents are highly effective and can be used on adults and children (except those under two months). There are different strengths available depending on the level of protection you need
  • Wear long-sleeved tops and trousers instead of t-shirts and shorts in the evenings and especially around dusk, as this is the time there are more mosquitoes around
  • Use a mosquito net (always check for holes beforehand and spray with a mosquito repellent an hour or so before getting in) when sleeping
  • Close windows and doors at night time to prevent mosquitos getting in
  • Use citronella candles or ‘coils’ to repel mosquitoes when sitting outside

Insect bites

Here are some tips for preventing insect bites:
  • Keep arms and legs well covered
  • Use an insect repellent on exposed skin
  • Cover food and drink
  • Avoid camping near water
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