Self-Care Tips While Travelling

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Just because you’re taking a break from the stresses of everyday life, it doesn’t mean you should forget about your family’s wellbeing.

December is finally here. For most South Africans this means sandals, sunglasses, and going on a much-needed holiday. But the much-needed break doesn’t mean you have to take a break from attending to your family’s wellbeing. After all, the new year is just around the corner and you should start it with a spring in your step.

If you’re wondering how you can manage self-care while travelling, we’ve got you covered!

PREPARE FOR ANYTHING

Lauren Mack of cheapflights.com recommends:

  • Leave emergency contact information and a copy of your itinerary and passport with friends or family.
  • Find out where the closest hospital / police station / South African embassy is to your destination, and save the contact details in your phone.
  • Carry contact details of your family (on your person and penciled into your passport / ID)
  • If you have allergies or a medical condition, consider wearing a medical alert bracelet and carrying a letter from your doctor that explains your required treatment.

PACKING ESSENTIALS

There’s nothing like being caught with a sudden illness at midnight in the middle of nowhere, with no medicine on hand to treat it. So take a medical kit with you. Brooke Schoenman from herpackinglist.com says that what you pack in your medical kit depends on your individual needs.

Some of Schoenman’s essentials include:

  • Anti-diarrhoea medication
  • Anti-itch cream for bug bites
  • Antibacterial gel
  • Wound cleaning wash or wipes
  • Decongestants
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Blister strips
  • Cold / flu meds
  • Tweezers
  • Little scissors
  • Safety pins

FLYING WITH MEDICINE

When flying internationally, it’s important to know the flight regulations. Melissa Conrad Stöppler, an MD at medicinenet.com, says that both prescription and non-prescription medicines are allowed in your carry-on luggage; this is particularly important in the event of your checked-in bags getting lost or delayed en route. Stöppler also recommends keeping each medicine in its original labelled container, ensuring that the name on the bottle matches the name on your ticket, and keeping all medicines in one bag for easy screening.

According to the Airports Company South Africa, global safety rules also stipulate that any medicine that’s a liquid, aerosol, or gel (LAG) must be carried in a container with a maximum capacity of 100ml each.

TRAVELLING WITH KIDS

Travelling with children can be a handful. But there are some useful ways to keep kids happy, healthy, and safe. For instance, Rough Guides recommends allowing yourselves plenty of time when in transit, investing in a child locator (there are watches that do this), and writing your contact details in permanent marker on your child’s arm.

Lauren Barbagallo of parents.com adds that you can save your sanity when flying with kids by:

  • Using pull-ups on young children, even if they’re potty trained
  • Seating kids away from the aisle to avoid mishaps with the refreshment trolley
  • Regularly wiping hands and surfaces with wet wipes
  • Preparing for changes in air pressure with dummies, drinks, and food
  • Carrying low-sugar snacks, like cheese, nuts, and pretzels

Travelling may be fun for the most part, but doing it responsibly can take practice and careful preparation. Hopefully, with this detailed guide, it’ll be easier for you family this year.

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