YOUR KEEP‘SAFE Hol­i­day check­list

Ev­ery­thing you need to know to en­sure you have a safe and happy hol­i­day this sum­mer...

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Health Is The New Wealth -

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 (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.”

Don’t burn

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

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