Your Pre-Holiday Health Checklist

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Photo Credit: Alex E. Proimos via photopin cc

Being in tip top health before you embark on any journey is imperative, especially if you’re heading to an area where you need to be especially careful with your health, such as a malaria risk zone etc.

Before you head off on holiday, being topped up on sleep and stress-free will also help boost your immune system, building on a strong foundation, rather than a frazzled and tired one to begin with. Stress is a well known health issue when it mounts up to a level that becomes unsafe. Travel can be stressful, we all know this, so making sure you cut it out as much as possible will stand you in good stead.

I often find that leaving the house and getting to the airport is one of the most stressful parts of my travel day, because that’s the one part where there are all manner of problems that could go wrong. For instance, what if you train is delayed? What if your coach or taxi doesn’t turn up? To cut all this out, and put the onus totally on me, and firmly in my control, I drive myself to the airport, and book my parking spot through ParkBCP, meaning I save money, as well as cutting out the stress.

You can do this wherever you fly from, including busy London airports, with Heathrow parking offered at surprisingly low rates. If you’re liking the idea of stress-free travel, then look into this suggestion at your airport.

As well as stocking up on sleep and cutting out stress, make sure your immunisations are up to date before you travel. Most places that we generally go to on holiday don’t require extra immunisations or malaria medication, however some more unusual places do, so it’s always worthwhile checking with your GP, or heading online to the NHS choices website, for reliable information. Don’t try and get this information from anywhere else other than an official site such as this, just in case.

If you do need to have extra immunisations or medication for possible malaria risk, then you will need to do this a few weeks before you travel.

If you have any other health problems in general, remember to take your medications with you, in a labelled box, and have them in your hand luggage. You may need a letter from your GP, or a copy of your prescription, so check this out before you travel too.

And the one thing you should never, ever forget when you’re travelling? Insurance of course!

It’s a simple case of making sure everything is where it should be before you travel, and then there’s no reason why your holiday shouldn’t be happy and healthy.

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