Start preparing for your trip, especially trips to foreign countries, 4 to 6 weeks before you go.
Read the latest health and safety advice for the country you're traveling using:
Find out if you need travel vaccines and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Beacon Family Health Care carries some but not all of the vaccines needed for traveling around the world We are happy to advise you of the vaccines you need and can help you to obtain the vaccinations you should have before you travel. Remember, vaccines take time to become effective, so plan ahead for your travel
If diseases such as malaria are a risk, you may need to start treatment before travelling.
Prepare a kit of travel health essentials, including sunscreen, painkillers and antiseptic.
If you think you may be at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), seek advice from the clinicians at Beacon Family Health Care. On long-haul flights, get up from your seat to walk around and stretch your legs whenever you can.
Drink regularly, but avoid alcohol, and wear loose, comfortable clothes.
Jet lag is worse when you move from west to east because the body finds it harder to adapt to a shorter day than a longer one.
Travelers who take medicine according to a strict timetable, such as insulin or oral contraceptives, should seek medical advice from a healthcare professional before their journey.