You know how it is before you go on holiday, you start standing back from anyone who is coughing or sneezing and steer well clear of anyone with a stomach bug. You try to do the same for the kids, but it’s not so easy especially if they are at school or nursery all day. Maybe you make sure you all eat healthily the week before you go or start taking some vitamins or probiotics. Then at last you are on your way and you can shift to worrying about what germs are circulating in the plane or what sort of nasty bugs might lurk in your holiday destination. Seriously though you can take the worrying too far, but it is worth taking a few holiday essentials with you.
Health Essentials For Your Case
- Children’s pain relief. I always carry a sachet of medicine in my handbag, even in the UK – it’s been so useful. Many’s the time I’ve handed a sachet out to a friend with a poorly child who hasn’t been so well prepared. We had to use one to rescue our annual family Santa trip, so it’s been very handy. If we have a long flight ahead of us, I might pack a couple sachets just in case. A child who becomes sick on a plane would be a nightmare without medicine. You can pack a bottle in your hold luggage too if you have the space as it’s a lot easier than trying to find an English-speaking chemist in a strange country.
- First Aid Kit. I always pack a few essentials, but plasters are a must as is some sort of antiseptic wipe or cream to deal with minor cuts and grazes. I also carry antihistamine cream for insect bites as they make a holiday a bit miserable and you won’t want to wait till the morning when the shops open if they are keeping you awake at night.
- Sun Cream. This is so important as sun burn can really mar a holiday as well as causing long-term skin damage. Take a couple of bottles if there’s space – I always find one goes missing and I like to try to keep one away from the sand, as no matter how careful you are the sand will find a way to get in there.
- Thermometer. Useful when you are trying to gauge how serious an illness is and whether you need to get the hotel or your travel agency rep to sort out some medical assistance.
- Adult medicines. Don’t forget yourself. Being ill is miserable at the best of times, never mind being on holiday and you don’t want to feel worse than is necessary. Take some pain killers, plus something for a dodgy tummy.
Avoiding health problems is the key though and here are some tips from Your Legal Friend for avoiding holiday sickness. I particularly like the easy to implement, common sense suggestions for food choices during illness or being very careful about washing your hands.