You’ve spent the last few weeks getting excited about your family holiday, all the packing has been done, you’ve got yourselves there and then eek, one of the kids is ill. So what do you do?
It goes without saying that you should check before you book, let alone travel, if your chosen destination needs specific health precautions to be taken such as malaria tablets or jabs.
The NHS website has all the information you need.
If you are travelling with a very young baby who hasn’t had all their jabs yet it is probably best to check with your GP or health visitor that they are ok to travel abroad.
And, making sure your children are included on your travel insurance is a must do. It can be one of those things that slips your mind in the excitement of a first family holiday but is vital.
Check the emergency services numbers for the country you are travelling to and put them in your phone. It seems a bit over the top, but chances are if you have looked at the number you’ll remember it if an emergency happens.
Most accommodation lists emergency numbers in welcome packs, too.
Try to go on the official tourist board website or check out blogs written by people who live in the country and can give you the inside gen on the health system (as well as all the fun stuff too).
It’s surprising how hard it can sometimes be to find items we take for granted over here in shops and chemists abroad. And, when you add in the potential language difference it’s probably best to use up a little bit of your luggage allowance for some medicine bag essentials:
Although you can’t prevent against everything hopefully the following advice will help prevent little upsets.
It happens to everyone, and unlike when you are an adult and don’t feel great on holiday you can’t really self-medicate with sunshine and sangria.
Although nothing will completely guarantee you have a germ free holiday hopefully the following advice will help if bugs strike whilst you’re away...