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Healthy Holidays

We understand that preparing for a family holiday can be a hectic time, so we've put together a simple Healthy Holidays Supplies Checklist.

Simply tick the items you require and email, fax or drop off the list to your nearest store. One of our friendly staff will pack all items and have them ready for collection at a time convenient to you.

The Healthy Holidays Supplies Checklist, is a basic list of supplies required for most holidays. If you require any additional items or advice, please speak to one of our friendly staff who would be happy to assist you. Free delivery within the local area is also available if you are unable to collect your travel kit.

Download our Travel Checklist

There's nothing worse than getting sick on a holiday so it's best to minimise the risk before you leave. Make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up at least six to eight weeks before you depart to find out if any vaccinations or further health checks are required for your destination.

Vaccinations

Ensure you have the correct vaccinations for your trip. In some countries, specific vaccinations are a pre-requisite for entry and health risks within a country can vary from one region to another. New vaccines are constantly being released but diseases continue to evolve and some vaccines require longer periods to take effect and more than one dose may also be required.

Medication

  • Discuss your medications with your doctor asking for a letter listing the medication including how much and stating that it is for your own personal use
  • To avoid customs problems medication should be in its original packaging - labelled with your name and dosage. Ensure you check that the medication you are taking is legal in the countries you're visiting.
  • Bags can go missing so if taking large quantities of medication, separate the quantity between your luggage.
  • If you require injectable medications,take your own needles.
    If you must purchase needles and/or syringes whilst overseas ensure
    that they are sealed and sterile before use.
  • Try to take enough medication for your entire trip. If travelling overseas, be aware that imitation or counterfeit medications and prescriptions drugs can be an issue. Also be aware that the medication your Dr has prescribed may not be available in the country you are travelling to. If you must purchase prescription medication overseas, always confirm the drug and strength with a doctor as packaging and labelling may be similar, but the strength and active ingredients can vary from country to country.
  • It's an offence to carry or send Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medication overseas unless it's for your own personal use, or for the use of someone travelling with you.

The Medicare website or the Overseas Drug Diversion information line on 1800 500 147 has more information on travelling with medication.

Useful tips

  • Continue taking prescribed medication as directed by your doctor.
  • Common illnesses that travellers can pick up include those that result from eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Find out if tap water and local food is safe before you leave.
  • Some mosquito-borne diseases can be contracted in tropical areas. Avoid being bitten by wearing light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing that covers your arms and legs, apply an insect repellent and stay in mosquito proof accommodation.
  • A travel kit with some handy essentials is always a good idea. Refer to our handy travel checklist to make sure you have everything covered!
  • If you wear glasses, take a spare pair and/or a copy of the prescription so that they can be replaced if lost or broken.
  • Travelling may involve an increase to your usual physical activity, such as a lot of walking. So check with your doctor then gradually build up your fitness prior to departure.
  • Activities at high altitudes (>2,500 m) can cause altitude sickness, even the physically fit so discuss this with your doctor.
  • Check availability of essentials - ie feminine hygiene products, nappies and contraceptives.

When flying

  • Keep some medication with you and keep taking your prescribed medication.
  • To help avoid deep vein thrombosis (DVT), don't travel in an aircraft for at least 24 hours after scuba diving.
  • When seated stretch your feet and lower legs by walking around the cabin
  • Drink plenty of fluids, avoiding alcohol and caffeine.
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