All you need to stay fit and well along the way

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - TRAVEL WISDOM | HEALTH - LISA MAYOH

Things can go wrong on hol­i­days, and it pays to be pre­pared. You don’t want to be in the mid­dle of a Tus­can sun­flower field and not have your al­lergy an­ti­his­tamine, or run out of In­sulin dur­ing a 14-day trek through South­east Asia. Pre­pare and pack a first-aid kit and you’ll be ready for any­thing. Here are some things to in­clude – but check with your fam­ily doc­tor or phar­ma­cist if you have par­tic­u­lar health needs, or are go­ing some­where re­mote.


There’s noth­ing worse than hav­ing an itchy bite and no re­lief. Al­ways pack Stin­gose as well as an­ti­his­tamines if you re­act badly to mosquito or in­sect bites. Bet­ter still – throw in roll-on mozzie re­pel­lent to stop the cause.


Put a few Band-Aids in your wal­let or carry bag – es­pe­cially if trav­el­ling with kids. A ban­dage is also use­ful to sup­port strained limbs, re­duce swelling and hold dress­ings in place.


Savlon or an­ti­sep­tic cream is es­sen­tial for clean­ing wounds and easy to pop in your first-aid kit. It can be for a tod­dler’s scraped knee in Bali or a coral scratch af­ter snorkelling in Fiji.


Sodium chlo­ride 0.9% is good to wash out for­eign ob­jects from your eye, but a gen­eral Vi­sine so­lu­tion is handy for al­ler­gies or help­ing ease sore eyes af­ter a big night at an Ir­ish pub or af­ter a sad farewell to fam­ily mem­bers.


An an­tibac­te­rial gel is small, and can be used all day, ev­ery day. Trains, planes, churches and mu­se­ums – full of peo­ple, and germs spread eas­ily.


If you’ve got chil­dren and need to know tem­per­a­tures in the mid­dle of the night in a for­eign city, pack your own ther­mome­ter for ease of mind. Dig­i­tal ones, al­though pricey, are more ac­cu­rate and easy to use.


Cold and flu tablets can help shake that runny nose, sore throat or foggy head right when you need it. The day­time tablets will give you the en­ergy to keep go­ing and the night­time ones will help you get a good night’s sleep, ready for the next day.


Pointed tweezers help remove splin­ters. You can also try soak­ing the skin in warm wa­ter to ease the re­moval process. Some ho­tels will have these if you ask, but if trav­el­ling to re­mote ar­eas, bring your own.


Trav­el­ling, es­pe­cially by plane, can leave you de­hy­drated. Hy­dr­a­lyte or Gas­trolyte sa­chets or dis­solv­able tablets can help keep your flu­ids up. Stay­ing hy­drated can help stave off ill­ness, help you bounce back af­ter a big night or re­plen­ish your body af­ter phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.


Painkillers – Panadol, As­pirin, Nuro­fen – are es­sen­tial. Headaches, pe­riod pain or joint pain can haunt you, and hav­ing a tab in reach can help you carry on sight­see­ing when your head is call­ing you to bed. If trav­el­ling with young­sters, don’t for­get the chil­dren’s ver­sion.


If you feel a cold com­ing on, take two ArmaForce vi­ta­mins daily and you will wake up with a spring in your step. This BioCeu­ti­cals prod­uct is a pow­er­ful im­mu­nity booster that can get rid of any flu. Packed with echi­nacea, vi­ta­min C, olive leaf and zinc, it’s a saviour in win­ter – and a must-take, wher­ever you go.


If you suf­fer mo­tion sick­ness, planes, boats and fast cars can make you ill at the thought. Try Trava­calm Nat­u­ral tablets, Aquatabs or Na­ture’s Way gin­ger tablets to see what works best.


Think about things that hap­pen to you – it might be Imod­ium for a weak stom­ach, or a strip of throat lozenges. Sun­screen, a pre­scrip­tion for an­tibi­otics, con­tra­cep­tion, a sa­chet of Ural if you suf­fer uri­nary tract in­fec­tions – it’s al­ways safe to have them on hand, wher­ever you are.

An­ti­sep­tic cream and a ban­dage for a child’s scraped knee can make all the dif­fer­ence.

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