It is that time of year again. Summer has arrived and many of you are already packing to go and see what the world has to offer.
However, for some, preparing for your holidays can be extremely stressful. Especially if youíre going abroad. Remembering to pack everything you need is one of the largest causes of stress when packing. The last thing you want is to find out youíve forgotten something when youíre on your holiday.
At Chemist Direct, we understand that you just want to go and enjoy yourself. You donít want stress, you donít want problems. Well, alongside your passport and foreign money, weíve put together this universal list of travel essentials you need before you go on holiday this summer.
Why Pack Sunscreen This Summer?
Sunscreens, lotions and sprays are essentials for any holiday. Whether youíre planning to spend your days on a sunny beach or exploring an exciting new city, you need to make sure your skin is protected from the sun.
Yes, sunscreen and lotions are important to avoid painful and embarrassing sunburns that can easily ruin your holiday. However, they do more than that. They also protect your skin from overexposure to sun rays and reduce your risk to skin cancer later in life.
This is extremely important for babies and young infants. However, as their skin is very sensitive, it is important to check if the sunscreen or lotion is appropriate for their age. If not, a wide-brimmed hat or bonnet would be needed to protect them from overexposure from the sun.
Why Pack Insect Repellent For Your Holidays?
As the weather gets better and you spend more time outside, youíll find yourself getting little red itchy bumps or swelling. Much like people, youíll find insects are more active in the summer and youíre more likely to get bitten.
The risk of being bitten by an insect is much greater when you go abroad to somewhere hot and tropical or if you go out and enjoy nature.
Thatís why you should not forget the insect repellent this summer. Especially if youíre planning long excursions with nature or camping trips. You donít want to finish a nice day covered with insect bites. There is also the additional risk of contracting diseases and infection.
There are many different types of insect repellents available and whatís right for you depends on your holiday plans. If youíre going to a country where mosquitoes are a problem, you will want a repellent that is designed to ward them off. However, there are general repellents that you can use.
Why Bring Paracetamol or Ibuprofen on Your Summer Holiday?
When travelling abroad, it is useful to carry some Paracetamol or Ibuprofen when on holiday this summer. Both are versatile painkillers for headaches, sprains, moderate pain and reduces fevers from colds or flu, just what you need for the everyday problems and illnesses youíd come across. It's handy to have when travelling.
It is important to remember that Ibuprofen may not be suitable for everyone. If you do not already take the painkiller, please consult your healthcare provider before use.
If any pain becomes very severe, you should seek medical attention.
When travelling abroad, it is important to do some research on what medication you can bring into the country. Some governments can have some strict rules and regulations on what medicines are allowed. You can find more information and guidance on the Gov website for travellers.
Why Should You Pack Travel Sickness Tablets?
Travel sickness, otherwise known as motion sickness, is something that affects people in different ways. For some, it could be in a swaying, shifting environment like being a ship or a boat. Some people, it could be the zooming of a car engine across a dizzying road.
Naturally, travel sickness can ruin your summer holidays. Now, if you get motion sickness from a ship and youíre not going on a Caribbean cruise, this is an avoidable problem. However, if you canít avoid what sets off your travel sickness, you can combat it with tablets and bands to offset the symptoms.
If youíre planning to enjoy new experiences that you havenít done before, it is good to pack travel sickness tablets as a precaution. For some people, they donít realise they have it until they get it.
At Chemist Direct, we work with leading healthcare and pharmaceutical brands to provide our customer with everything they need for your holiday. Whether youíre planning to jet off aboard and parts unknown or are staying close to home, have a look at our collection of travel products today.
This article has been medically approved by Superintendent Pharmacist Shilpa Shailen Karia, MRPharmS. - GPhC Reg No: 2087328