Got the travelling bug?
More people than ever before are travelling internationally but travelling does not just lead to long lasting memories, unfortunately it can also lead to health problems that can range from unpleasant to life threatening.
There is lots of information available for you, such as tips on preparing for your trip, advice on how you can prevent common illnesses, what vaccines to consider depending on your destination and general tips for travel well-being. Fortunately, most travel-related health problems can be prevented, speak to our pharmacist for more advice before you travel.
We offer a full range of travel vaccinations* and anti-malaria tablets for all destinations. Please note: anti-malaria tablets are not allowed to be prescribed by your doctor on the NHS. This service is a private service and therefore you will need to pay for your treatment.
*Selected branches only. This service is not available in every Rowlands Pharmacy.
Travelling and holidays are an exciting time for everyone, especially considering the amount of time we spend planning it all. Planning ahead and being safe are crucial to having a good time and making memories to last a lifetime. We’ve got some handy tips for you whether you love a good road trip or are a worldwide jet setter, we’ve got all you need to know!
Tips for travelling by plane – airport guidance
- Make sure your passport has plenty of time left on it (six months is usually safest).
- Check in online and print your boarding pass at home to save time queuing at the airport.
- Pack light using bags that meet the airline’s size and weight restrictions. Carry vital items, such as medication, in your hand luggage. And don’t forget to check the latest security rules on carrying liquids.
- Don’t wear too many accessories that you will need to remove for the security check, and put what you can in your hand luggage before you reach the scanners.
- Pay attention to boards and announcements so you don’t miss news of delays, cancellations and other unexpected events, keep drinking alcohol to a minimum so you don’t miss important information about your flight.
Tips for travelling by car
- Don’t openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider using a
- padlock on suitcases or backpacks.
- Use your common sense, you might be travelling a long time in the car but make sure you and your passengers wear your seatbelts at all times, don’t use your mobile phone while driving and make sure you don’t get distracted by your satnav.
- Make sure you have breakdown cover; if you are travelling outside the UK you may need to extend it to include Europe.
- Take a break – driving is tiring, ensure you take frequent breaks and stop in a safe place for a
- rest if you’re feeling tired.
- When you are using your car for long periods of time there will be increase wear and tear on your vehicle; check your tyres, windscreen, mirrors and lights throughout your holiday to be on the safe side.
Tips for travelling by coach/bus
- Plan your journey in advance as much as possible. Make sure you know your route and stop.
- Have your ticket ready in your hand and make sure your purse or wallet is out of sight.
- Be aware of those around you, especially if you think you might fall asleep.
- Stock up on water and snacks beforehand – you can never be sure when rest stops will happen.
- Dress comfortably but wear layers and/or take something warm, you don’t want to end up too hot or too cold.
For more information about Rowlands Pharmacy Travel Health Clinic click here.