Here's how to be medically prepared for your next travel

Woman on holiday keeping hydrated
Woman on holiday keeping hydrated

Travel sickness/Anti-nausea medication

Is there anything worse than starting your holidays feeling nauseous? Anti-nausea medication is available over the counter in tablet and syrup form.

Rehydration sachets

Being well-hydrated is important for you and your kids while on travel as it maintains the health of the heart, mind and overall body. Dehydration can have debilitating effects – especially in young children. An oral rehydration solution will prevent and relieve dehydration, replace lost fluid and electrolytes, as well as relieve symptoms of diarrhoea in children.

For more information on dehydration and a solution for your family, visit

A good sunscreen

A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 is a must-have when travelling to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun. Sunscreen should be a part of your daily skin regimen regardless of the season. Getting used to this habit will help reduce the chances of severe hyperpigmentation and discoloration in the years to come.

Scissors, safety pins & tweezers

Scissors and safety pins are useful for cutting and securing bandages. Tweezers for removing splinters. (Remember to pack scissors, safety pins and tweezers in your main luggage as you will not be able to take them into the aircraft cabin if you are flying.)

Insect repellent

Avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellents, particularly during the evenings and at night when they are most likely to bite. As an adjunct to malaria prophylaxis in malaria areas, insect repellents containing DET are recommended.   

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