When travelling abroad it is important that you are well informed to ensure a safe and fun trip – find a summary of how to be well prepared for your adventure here! These are a few things we recommend here at Anywork Anywhere, but it is important to research the specific country in detail to make sure you are ready for the journey of a lifetime…
We advise that at least 8 weeks before you go to check with the Department of Health to see what vaccinations you may need for the specific country you are visiting.
Consult your doctor well in advance of your departure to check to see if you need to take further health precautions.
Check with the relevant Embassy or High Commission if there are any restrictions on the transportation of any medication you may need to take.
Always carry medicines in a correctly labelled container in your hand luggage. Take a prescription and/or letter from your doctor giving details of the drug prescribed.
If you plan on being away for a long time, arrange to visit your dentist, as may be difficult and expensive to obtain dental treatment at your destination.
Keep a written record on your person of any medical condition affecting you, such as angina pectoris, diabetes and haemophilia, and the proper names – not just the trade names – of any medication you are taking.
Avoid insect and animal bites, some diseases are prevalent in temperate climate it is therefore advisable to use insect-repellent preparations.
Take care on the roads; always check on local traffic regulations. If you are in a car, always wear seat belts, if on a motor or pedal bike, always wear a helmet and if you hire a car or a bike, check its condition and the insurance cover.
If you are going to take part in potentially hazardous sports such as skiing, canoeing or mountaineering, follow all the relevant safety guidance; make sure that there are adequate emergency medical facilities on hand; and check that you have medical insurance which covers you fully in the event of any accident. Divers should allow 24 hours between their last dive and a flight.
A First Aid Kit including a packet of adhesive dressings, some insect repellent, antiseptic cream and water-sterilisation tablets could be useful.
Remember to take care in the sun – use sun cream and protective measures to avoid overexposure.
Further travel health information including advice on specific countries, travel insurance, passports and visas, medical information, laws and customs, advice for women travellers and information on what to do if something does go wrong can be found at www.fco.gov.uk.