What to do if you get sick on a family holiday

Health is always a primary concern, particularly if you’re out of the country. With the summer holidays creeping up very fast, I thought it would be beneficial to talk about what you should do if you get sick while abroad. This advice is relevant for both you and any family members that might get sick when you’re on holiday. 

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Always have a first aid pack with you

First aid packs should be one of the first things you put in your suitcase when you’re preparing for your family holiday. These packs need to include various things that can help with minor sickness or illness. I’m talking about paracetamol or ibuprofen tablets, as well as kids medicine. Not to mention allergy tablets or anti-sickness tablets too. Basically, you want to have a mini-pharmacy in your bag! Of course, you should also have a few things such as gauzes and bandages in case someone gets hurt too. With a first aid kit, you’re in a position to help anyone that gets sick while on your holiday. Sometimes, all you need is a few tablets to take care of an issue. For example, someone might get sick from eating some food, and a few diarrhea tablets are all they need to feel better.

Consult A Video GP

The biggest problem when you’re on holiday is that you’re far away from your GP. So, if your child starts getting sick, you start panicking and want immediate medical advice from someone you know and trust. Thankfully, things can be made much easier in this day and age. With online doctors, you always have a GP at hand when you need them. You can contact them via your cell phone and have a video consultation. All you have to do is register with an online GP, and you’ll have a medical professional at your fingertips when you need them most.

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Take your medical info with you

If someone gets seriously sick and needs to go to a hospital, you need their medical information on hand. The doctors in foreign countries won’t know a thing about you, which makes their job a lot harder. If you have all your vital medical information such as your blood type, a list of allergies, a list of pre-existing conditions, etc. then you’ll make their life easier. They’ll know more about you, which frees up their options when they think about how to treat you. It means you spend less time waiting around, and more time actually getting treated quickly.

If things are really bad, contact the embassy

There should be an embassy for your home country in the country you travel to. Make sure you know where it is and how to contact them in case of an emergency. If things are really serious, they can help you organize immediate travel home or get some emergency funds sent over from family/friends back home.

With this advice, you should be better prepared for any health problems that occur while on holiday. Hopefully, you won’t have to refer back to these tips on your holiday this year, but it’s always worth knowing what to do, just in case.

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