18 February 2009
The information in this section is aimed at helping you stay safe and well while you are abroad.
* Buy adequate and appropriate Travel Insurance.
* Check the Department of Health general medical advice for travellers.
* Check what vaccinations you need with your GP at least six weeks before you travel.
* Check if your medication is legal in the country that you are visiting.
* Pack all medication in your hand luggage.
* If you are taking prescribed medication take the prescription and a doctors letter with you.
* If you are travelling within the EU, get form E111 from the post office for reduced or free emergency care. But remember you still need travel insurance.
* Be safe in the Sun. Avoid excessive sunbathing, especially between 11am and 3pm and wear a high factor sunscreen.
* Drink plenty of water. If you drink alcohol or use some kinds of drugs your body can become dehydrated, especially in a hot climate.
* Practice safe sex - always use a condom. Ensure that you pack a supply before you go as they are not always as readily available abroad and quality can differ from country to country.
* Find out the local emergency number and the address of the nearest hospital when you arrive overseas. Your rep, local guide or accommodation manager should know.