YOUR KEEPSAFE Holiday checklist
Everything you need to know to ensure you have a safe and happy holiday this summer...
Is your insurance cover adequate?
“If you can’t a ord travel insurance, you can’t a ord to travel,” insists Simmy Micheli, sales and marketing manager for Travel Insurance Consultants. “You pay for your travel insurance in rands and receive cover for medical emergencies in foreign currencies, which can run into the millions. It doesn’t matter if you are fit and healthy, as more than 55% of claims are for medical emergencies related to accidents. For example, a client slipped by the pool at a Mauritius resort last year and the hospital bill amounted to R650 000.”
TIP Purchase your flights with your credit card as it may a ord you some complimentary medical and other emergency cover. However, make very sure you know what will be paid for in the event of a medical emergency, and invest in suitable top-up cover.
Travel insurance is crucial, even for the t and healthy, as many medicalemergency claims are accident related
Prevent an upset tummy
Take daily prebiotics for a few weeks before you’re set to travel to boost good bacteria, protecting the gut against infection, food poisoning and traveller’s diarrhoea. Try Probiflora Adult Everyday
Flora Balance 2 Strain Probiotic, R84,95 for 30 vegecaps, Dis-chem.
TIP Pack rehydration sachets to quickly replace lost electrolytes in the event of traveller’s diarrhoea. Avoid insect bites
Last-minute travel, ignorance about malarial hotspots, and failing to take anti-malarial pills or use mosquito repellent are some of the most common reasons for travellers contracting malaria. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to contract the disease. Some malariaprevention tablets can be taken the day before you travel. Contact a Netcare Travel Clinic (netcare.co.za/netcaretravel-clinics) for advice and medication. TIP Prevention is definitely better than the cure! Use Doom Mosquito Room Spray, R32,75 for 180ml, Dis-chem.
Stay water safe
Familiarise yourself with beach flags: red and yellow flags mark areas that are patrolled by lifeguards, so are the safest places for swimming and inflatables. A red flag indicates danger – so you should never enter the water when this is flying. When you see black and white chequered flags, it means an area of water has been marked for use by crafts like sur¦oards.
TIP Whatever the water activity (even if it’s just sitting in a boat), make sure you wear a buoyancy device that fits, advises leisure safety expert David Walker. “Too small and it won’t provide enough buoyancy; too big and it will float up around your ears in the water, making it harder for you to breathe.”
According to CANSA, South Africa has the second-highest occurrence of skin cancer in the world, so applying sunblock is incredibly important. “It should be applied half an hour before going outdoors, giving it time to be absorbed and start working,” says sun-care expert Clare O’connor. Reapply every two hours, especially post-swim.
TIP Just in case of sunburn, pack a moisturising ‘aftersun’ like Nivea Sun After Sun SOS Instant Relieving Lotion, R74,99 for 200ml, Clicks; as well as ibuprofen to help with discomfort. w&h