Travel Tips

Besides various diseases, one should also think of seemingly more banal thing: From sunburn to pre-travel checklists, here are tips how to travel safely and healthily.  

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Many travellers do not think about health advice as part of their holiday and travel planning


Travel health can be complicated and sources of advice fragmented, leaving travellers uninformed and under-prepared


Travellers are unclear on where best to seek professional advice and can’t always get a convenient appointment


Despite having made a signifcant investment in the cost of their holiday, people perceive travel health as expensive compared to the risk of travelling unprotected


As a result, travellers often leave it too late to seek professional travel health advice and protection, or do not seek advice at all

Help protect yourself


No matter whether you are travelling abroad on holiday, visiting family or friends or travelling for business, you should consider the potential health-related risks you may be exposed to. It is recommended that you research the countries you are travelling to and seek professional travel health advice from either your nearest travel health service, or a doctor who offers a comprehensive travel health service. These travel health services will help you to understand the risks and take the appropriate preventative measures.

If you need vaccinations for your travels, you may need to allow time for more than one dose. For this reason, it is recommended that you seek comprehensive travel health advice at least 6 weeks before travelling.

Useful information for discussing travel health needs with your healthcare professional:

  • Destination(s)
  • Duration of stay
  • Planned / intended activities
  • Recent destinations and vaccinations received
  • Pre-existing medical conditions
  • Current medications

Other risks & considerations: 

  • Sunburn
  • Heat exhaustion & sunstroke
  • Dehydration
  • Travel & altitude sickness
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Sexual health
  • Managing your medication
  • Personal safety

Pre-Travel checklist

Before embarking on your travels, there are many things to consider. Whether you’re going on a round-the-world trip or a summer holiday, make use of our comprehensive checklist to ensure you have thought through everything you might need for your time abroad.


  • Passports / visa(s)
  • Personal ID
  • Cash / credit cards
  • Travel insurance
  • Tickets / booking documents
  • Emergency contact details

From the Pharmacy

  • Insect repellent Moskito Guarde.g. Moskito Guard®. It is a DEET-free insect repellent which is scientifically proven to help protect against biting insects like mosquitoes. Available in spray, Moskito Guard® contains 20% Icaridin.
  • Medication for pre-existing medical conditions (incl. original prescription or doctor’s letter)*
  • Travel sickness medication
  • Antihistamines (insect bite treatment)
  • Painkillers (incl. children’s strength, if necessary)*
  • Antidiarrhoeal medication Rehydration sachets Indigestion medication
  • First-aid kit
  • Ear plugs
  • Contraception

From the Travel Health Clinic

  • Antimalarial medication (where applicable)
  • Travel vaccinations
  • Vaccination certificates (where applicable)

First-Aid Kit

  • Hand sanitiser
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Wound-cleaning gauze
  • Sterile dressings
  • Bandage tape
  • Plasters / blister plasters
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Allergy eye drops
  • Thermometer
  • Safety pins

General Toiletries

  • Toiletry bag
  • Sunscreen / After sun
  • Toothbrush / toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Skin care
  • Soap
  • Shower gel
  • Deodorant
  • Personal hygiene products


  • In- flight stockings
  • Travel guides
  • Mosquito net
  • Padlocks (combination)
  • Device chargers
  • Power adaptors
  • Sewing kit


* Ensure any painkillers or medications that you take are permitted in your destination country.

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