It’s that time of year when many holidaymakers are looking forward to their winter getaway, only they’re getting away to a much sunnier, hotter destination than England. This year we have seen one of the hottest summers on record, the last being over 10 years ago. Many travel companies have expressed the lack of holiday bookings through the summer months due to the unpredicted heat wave we experienced earlier this year. This means many people are now looking to escape the inevitable cold weather of the winter months that are fast approaching. At Pharmacy Direct, we wanted to make sure that you are prepared and protected whilst travelling abroad, which is why we have listed the top 5 things to help you on your travels below. 1. Stock up your first aid kit Our first tip is to make sure that you have your own personal first aid kit at the ready in case any minor emergencies occur abroad. Simple things such as plasters, bandages, antiseptic cream, aloe for any sunburn, rehydration salts etc. Basic aids such as these can be really useful, it avoids having to find local pharmacies that can be tricky to locate and have various opening hours that can prove very inconvenient. 2. Avoid mosquitos and disease Most mosquitos thrive in the heat and we come across them all over the world. However, as we know, some are much more dangerous than others. A simple mosquito repellant is all you need in most cases, but when travelling to certain parts of the world, such as Africa, Asia, parts of the Middle East etc., it may be necessary to take malaria prevention tablets. You can speak to our online doctors about this medication. If you do malaria, getting this diagnosed as soon as possible is crucial so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. 3. Protection from the sun Another simple, but extremely important health tip is to stay safe in the sun. Most are aware that the sun does more damage than we can see, which is why using sunscreen is a must. Use the right factor and make sure you top it up every few hours, depending on the type of sunscreen you have, this will be advised on the bottle. It’s also important to remember that even when the sun isn’t out, it can still do a lot of damage. So, even if it’s a cloudy day, sunscreen is still necessary. 4. Eat and drink sensibly When travelling to different countries, it is well known that the food and water are, naturally, not what we are used to. Unless you are told otherwise, you should avoid drinking from taps and be more aware of what you are eating. You wouldn’t want an upset stomach to ruin part of your holiday! Not only this, but staying hydrated is a must. Especially if you are travelling to a hotter country, heat exhaustion and dehydration is more common than it needs to be, drink plenty of fresh water throughout the day. 5. Get the appropriate vaccinations and medication Of course, this point depends on where you are travelling to, but getting the right vaccinations and taking the correct medication is a priority. You can receive the right vaccinations for where you are travelling to from GP practices. If you will be travelling by boat or ship, possibly for a cruise, anti-sickness tablets are usually very helpful. There are many ways to stay healthy and safe whilst travelling abroad, these are our top 5 tips that we believe are necessary actions to take before and during your holiday. Pharmacy Direct is a UK online pharmacy that stocks the majority of the medication mentioned in this blog. If you are looking for medical advice, you can always talk to our online pharmacist and receive a professional medical opinion this way. You can also have medication prescribed using our online doctors’ consultation.