With travel becoming more accessible to many people, it’s no surprise that Australians are travelling more frequently within our country and heading overseas. When it comes to travel health, Australians have so much information available at their fingers tips, however the most reliable sources are probably closer than you think. Your local GP or Pharmacist can provide a great deal of help and information before you set off on your travels including what vaccinations may be needed, if you require anti-malarial tablets and any other common health issues that may arise in the area you are travelling to.
And if you don’t find the time to see your GP, according to a recent study, as many as two thirds of Australian pharmacies* are currently offering travel health services in their stores and can provide much of the advice you may need to set you confidently on your travels. We’ve spoken to various Pharmacists and pharmacy staff about what they think are the most useful travel items.
Our handy travel checklist includes some useful options for during your flight and also once you arrive at your destination, so you can arrive healthy and stay healthy throughout your visit!
DURING YOUR FLIGHT
- Moisturising eye drops – relieves eye irritation due from low humidity on long flights.
- Hand wipes-alcohol based – use after using handsets and toilets and before meals.
- Ear buds e.g. Ear Planes if you have ear problems and experience discomfort on take off / landing.
- A moisturising nasal spray e.g. Flo Travel with red seaweed extract – helps keep nose moist. Good for flights, in hotels and any air-conditioned environments.
- In event of headache or other muscular pain, pain relief tablets. Always check with your pharmacist if these are suitable and which preferable.
- In the event you suffer from asthma or allergies, your appropriate medication.
- For travel sickness, ginger lollies, anti-nausea tablets or wrist bands.
DURING YOUR STAY
- Tablets to help with tummy cramps & diarrhoea.
- Hydration tablets to help replace important salts lost with diarrhoea or vomiting.
- Band aids and a small first aid kit.
- Insect repellent.
Reference: Taking Off: A Destination for Health. Australian Journal of Pharmacy, December 2018 (pp42-46)
For information about Flo Travel, please refer to the relevant page. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.