Medical Travel Tips - Being Prepared - Linksfontein Safari Lodge

Travel Tips

Medical Travel Tips – Being Prepared – Linksfontein Safari Lodge

We’ve put together suggestions for a basic travel kit for your next journey. We encourage you to personalise it based on your planned activities, medical history and itinerary. Ready-made kits are also available from travel clinics and pharmacies.
Your regular medications – if you are travelling overseas, any medication should be accompanied by a letter from your doctor
Dressings and adhesive bandages
Vaccination certificate
Antiseptic hand wipes
Travel insurance with medical cover
Digital thermometer
Painkillers and an anti-inflammatory
Valoid for nausea
Imodium for diarrhoea
Insect repellent with DEET
Malaria tablets, if prescribed
* Consult your doctor 4-6 weeks prior to travel to see if you will need any vaccinations.

What to Pack in Your Travel Health Kit

Use this list to help you think of things to pack in your travel health kit. Be sure to think about where you are going and whether you will have access to health items and supplies.
Special note about prescription medicines
Pack your prescription medications in your carry-on luggage.
Include copies of all prescriptions, including the generic names for medications.
Provide and pack a note on letterhead stationery from the prescribing physician. This is  for controlled substances and injectable medications.
Leave a copy of your prescriptions at home with a friend or relative.
Check with the American Embassy or Consulate to make sure that your medicines will be allowed into the country you are visiting. Some countries do not let visitors bring certain medicines into the country.
Prescription medicines you usually take
If you have a severe allergy and epinephrine has been prescribed by your doctor, bring your Epinephrine auto-injector (for example, an EpiPen).
Special prescriptions for the trip
Medicines to prevent malaria, if needed
Antibiotic prescribed by your doctor for self-treatment of moderate to severe diarrhoea
Over-the-counter medicines
Antidiarrheal medication (for example, bismuth subsalicylate, loperamide)
Decongestant, alone or in combination with antihistamine
Anti-motion sickness medication
Medicine for pain or fever (such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen)
Mild laxative
Cough suppressant/expectorant
Cough drops
Antifungal and antibacterial ointments or creams
1% hydrocortisone cream
Other important items
Other items that may be useful in certain circumstances
Supplies to prevent illness or injury
Insect repellent containing DEET (30%-50%) or picaridin (up to 15%)
Sunscreen (preferably SPF 15 or greater) that has both UVA and UVB protection
Antibacterial hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
Lubricating eye drops
First-aid supplies
First aid quick reference card
Basic first-aid items (bandages, gauze, ace bandage, antiseptic, tweezers, scissors, cotton-tipped applicators)
Moleskin for blisters
Aloe gel for sunburns
Digital thermometer
Oral rehydration solution packets
Health insurance card (either your regular plan or supplemental travel health insurance plan) and copies of claim forms
Mild sedative or other sleep aid
Medicine to prevent altitude sickness
Water purification tablets
Traveling and going on a safari is a wonderful experience.  Make sure that you are fully prepared and to ensure that you are healthy an taken care of.

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