Travel Information

Helpful Hints And Tips To Keep You Healthy And Safe When You Travel Abroad.

Food And Water Hygiene

  • If you can’t wash it or peel it don’t eat it.
  • Stick to hot freshly cooked foods.
  • Avoid salads and uncooked foods especially shellfish and avoid foods made with unpasteurised milk.
  • Drink only bottled water – use for brushing teeth.
  • Avoid ice cubes.
  • Water filter/purification tablets.
  • Dehydration sachets.

Sun Protection

  • Always use factor 15 plus – apply 15-30 minutes prior to going out into the sun first thing in the day.
  • Re-apply frequently.
  • Cover up if out in the midday sun.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Keep fluid intake up.

Safe Sex

  • No unprotected sex.
  • Take condoms – British Kite Mark.
  • Keep condoms out of the heat.
  • Remember risk of hepatitis B and HIV.

Flight Safety

  • Drink plenty of fluids – flat better than fizzy.
  • Not too much alcohol.
  • In flight socks.
  • Deep breathing and leg exercises.
  • Aspirin before long haul flights if not contraindicated.


  • Take plenty of routine medication.
  • Always carry in hand luggage.
  • Remember the contraceptive pill may be affected by severe vomiting, diarrhoea and antibiotics.

Dental Care

  • Have check up – particularly for those going on extended trips.

First Aid – Medical Kits

  • Take basic first aid kit plus medical pack with needles etc.
  • Always carry with you.  DO NOT LEAVE IN ACCOMMODATION.


  • Do not overdo alcohol.
  • Be sensible.
  • Do not leave drinks unattended.
  • Accidents, injuries and motor vehicles – standard may vary.
  • Avoid tattoos and body piercings.
  • Do not accept any packages.


  • Ensure all vaccination Certificates have been completed.
  • Insurance – check exclusions eg, pre-existing conditions and dangerous activities.
  • Take photocopies of documentation ie, passport, E111 and give to travelling companions or post details on personal e-mail account.
  • Give all travellers a copy of government leaflet – Health Advice for Travellers.


  • Several drugs of choice.  Advice according to separate protocols.
  • Give patient information leaflets at first visit.
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET.  Knock down sprays, mosquito coils and plug ins.
  • Cover up from dusk to dawn.
  • Nothing is 100% effective against malaria therefore always be aware of risk and symptoms of malaria
Haslemere Health Centre - Church Lane, Haslemere, GU27 2BQ
  • Telephone 01428 748206
Fernhurst Surgery - Crossfields, Fernhurst, Haslemere, GU27 3JL
  • Telephone 01428 651040
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