General tips for a healthy trip

Immunizations

Make sure you are up to date on your all recommended vaccines, such as MMR vaccine, before you travel. Check if the country you are traveling to requires proof of yellow fever vaccine. Only a registered provider can offer this vaccine, and you must get it at least 10 days before travel.

Sun safety

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Put on broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days. Don’t forget to put a thick layer on all parts of exposed skin. Get help for hard-to-reach places like your back. And remember, sunscreen works best when combined with other options to prevent UV damage.

Deep vein thrombosis

If you're traveling and have a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), limited leg room on an airplane is more than uncomfortable. ... Sitting in a cramped position for a long period of time increases anyone's risk for DVT, a type of blood clot in a large vein

Holiday checklist

  • Personal medication
    (take in hand luggage)
  • Paracetamol or other painkillers
  • First aid kit
  • Medicines to treat diarrhoea
  • Insect repellent
  • Tablets or cream for insect bites
  • Sunblock and aftersun preparation
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • Travel sickness medication
  • Flight socks
  • Bottled water for journey/flight