Going somewhere nice?

Now I don't want to be a kill-joy (Should that be one word? Sorry, thinking on my keyboard) but sometimes when people go on holiday, or visit the in-laws overseas, or even take a year out and travel the world, well, sometimes things can go pear shaped. You can get ill, (there are lots of nasty things out there), you could have an accident, yes, shit happens. So what are you going to do about it?

Seek medical advice of course, go and see a doctor, or get something from the local chemist. Yeah right, but you're in Namibia and the nearest chemist is, well, who knows.  So lets look at a few of the obvious things first...

Insurance

Health insurance is essential but check repatriation is included.

Personal Medications

Take enough of your personal stuff to last. These may not be easy to get hold of where you're going and they may be called something different. Paracetamol for example, would you know to ask for Acetaminophen in America? There's nothing worse than getting ill knowing there loads of your tablets at home.
Whatever you take overseas, carry the paperwork to show what it is, carry it in it's original packaging, with the label from the chemist to show that it's yours. This goes for the Sterile kits that Beyond First Aid can supply for the prevention of blood borne infections. Customs don't like people taking needles through their airports without good reason. If you can, get a doctor's letter or certificate.

A First Aid Kit

You didn't think I was going to forget these did you?

  • Medications: these may include paracetamol, ibuprofen or antacids.
  • Diarrhoea: Like I've already said, shit happens so take some fluid replacement powders. 
  • Minor injuries: gauze squares, non-adherent dressings, bandages, plasters, adhesive tape, scissors, tweezers, jaffa tape (no that's not a typo) jaffa like the cake, or is that a biscuit?
  • Bites: insect repellents and an antihistamine cream for when repellents fail. A venom pump is also a good idea for removing toxins in case of bites and stings. Bet you can't guess who sells these.
  • Sterilising water: tablets, UV light, filters etc.
  • Sun exposure: sun-block and a cream for when you look like a lobster.
  • Infections: antibiotics are useful for those heading out to the wilderness, as a good dose of infection can ruin your day. I can advise but can't prescribe these so go to your Doctor.
  • Malaria: you will need to take preventive tablets if going to certain areas where there is high risk.These need to be started before you go so see your Doctor as soon as you know you're off on your travels.
  • Sterile pack: take a sterile pack for prevention of blood-borne nasties as not everywhere has facilities as good as us here in the UK.
  • You can't beat a good first aid course, and I know just the guy to teach you. Click here to contact him. Failing that, at least take a first aid book. Yes I do, before you ask!

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