Travel Tips

The next travel is just around the corner, besides various travel diseases, one should also think of seemingly more banal thing: From sunburn to pre-travel checklists, here you will find numerous tips as well as the way to your nearest travel health clinic in order to travel safely and healthily.

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Moskito Guard®

Moskito GuardThis insect repellent spray (Deet-free, alcohol-free) protects against mosquitoes, sand flies, ticks and other insects that can transmit diseases such as malaria, Japanese encephalitis or Zika virus infections. Available at your pharmacy!

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Travellers´ challenges – Ask a travel medicine expert who will provide advice and assistance on travel diseases, travel vaccinations and other protective measures for prophylaxis


Many travellers do not think about health advice as part of their holiday and travel planning. Make an appointment in due time with a travel medicine expert. Click here to find the expert near you


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 significant 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

Protect yourself and make an appointment with your travel medicine expert/travel health clinic in due time before you go on a trip abroad!


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.

Make an appointment with an expert and get informed about all travel diseases and available travel vaccinations. Click here to find your expert near you:

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

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

Other risks & considerations: 

  • Sunburn
  • Insect bites (e.g. insect repellent Moskito Guard®; for more information please click here)
  • Travel diseases in your destination country and travel vaccinations or medication that are available
  • Heat exhaustion & sunstroke
  • Dehydration
  • Travel & altitude sickness
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Sexual health
  • Managing your medication
  • Personal safety

Pre-Travel checklist

The next holiday is just around the corner – whether it's a short trip within Europe, a long-distance journey or a trip around the world – before embarking on your travels, there are many things to consider. Make use of our comprehensive checklist to ensure you have thought through everything you might need for your time abroad..


  • Passport (check validity)
  • Visa(s) (if necessary)
  • Personal ID
  • Cash/credit  cards
  • Travel insurance
  • Tickets/booking documents
  • Vaccination certificate (check if immunization protection is still given)
  • any additional health and travel insurance
  • Emergency contact details

From the Pharmacy – Insect repellent and other medicines for travel prophylaxis

The composition of the first-aid kit naturally depends very much on your state of health, the destination and other individual factors. Consider the following contents for your first-aid kit, among others:
  • 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, sand flies, ticks and other insects.* Available in spray, Moskito Guard® contains 20% Icaridin. Moskito Guard® is approved for pregnant women and children from 2 years of age and available in Austrian pharmacies.

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  • 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)**
  • Antidiarrheal medication, rehydration sachets, indigestion medication
  • First-aid kit

* Reference: Goodyer L. et al. (2018) J Travel Med.; Frances SP. et al. (2004); J Med Entomol.; Van Roey K. et al. (2014) PLOS Negl Trop Dis.; Costantini C. et al. (2004) Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg.; Klun JA. et al. (2006) J Med Entomol.; Semmler M. et al. (2011) Parasitol Res.; Abdel-Ghaffar F. et al. (2015) Parasitol Res.

From your travel health clinic regarding travel diseases, vaccinations and other protective measures for prophylaxis

Remember to make an appointment with a travel medicine expert in due time before you go on your trip:

  • AAnti-malaria medication (where applicable)
  • Travel vaccinations especially for your destination; please also note the flu- protection, as the influenza season in the southern hemisphere occurs already from April until September!
  • Vaccination certificate (where required)

First-Aid Kit

  • Hand sanitizer
  • 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

Further helpful tips for your packing list

  • stockings for air travel
  • Travel guides
  • Mosquito net
  • Padlocks (combination)
  • Device chargers
  • Power adaptors
  • Sewing kit
  • Ear plugs
  • Contraception


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

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