Whether jetting off for a couple of weeks in the sun with the family or planning an adventurous city break with the girls, there are few things in life more replenishing and conducive to our wellbeing than travel. Although us women are likely to spend a considerable average of around 81 minutes per trip packing our suitcases, much of this time is unlikely to be spent making sure we have our healthcare essentials. Although ensuring you have the perfect holiday wardrobe is important, making sure you have the right healthcare essentials is crucial. From keeping our eye health covered to staying on top of our prescriptions, here’s your guide on how to plan your healthcare essentials when travelling this summer.
Know What You Need
The first step is to know exactly what you’ll need to take with you and to have it all written down as a list well before you actually start packing, preferably at least a week in advance. Just because you’re going on holiday doesn’t mean your healthcare needs are taking a vacation as well, so keeping track of everything you think you’ll need, whether you’re gone for 2 days or two months, is vital. Make a note of your daily routine beforehand and use a helpful app like Evernote to keep track of what you do regularly, be it your vitamin intake or any medications you might be on. After a few days of doing this, you’ll know exactly what you can do with or without, and you’ll know what to pack.
Our healthcare encompasses a lot of things, and there will doubtless be some things you’re better off buying beforehand to take with you, either as a backup to something essential you’d rather leave at home or anything you think you’ll need specifically for your holiday, such as anti-malaria tablets or some contact lenses that you can use for a short period away. Your eye care is something that shouldn’t be left to the last minute, and if you’re buying lenses online before your trip, make sure to use a quick service that allows you to order by 8pm to receive tomorrow, so that you aren’t left short at the airport. A couple of weeks before your big trip, you should do a big shop of everything related to your health that you think you’ll need, as coming overly prepared is a million times better than realising you didn’t prepare enough.
Don’t Get Too Distracted
The main point of a holiday away is to have fun and forget about the stresses of everyday life, but that doesn’t mean you should let your health and wellbeing fall to the wayside. You can still have a great time while remembering to take that medication or apply some extra sun cream, so set some reminders on your phone before you fly out.
If you have any great holiday healthcare tips for our readers, please let us know in the comments below.