When you’re arranging a holiday, it can be very easy to get swept up in the excitement and not think about little precautions, but there are a few things concerning medication and vaccinations that you should keep in mind while preparing for your journey.


When going abroad, it’s a good idea to do some research on common medical concerns in the country you’re going to.

It may not be at pandemic levels, but some illnesses that you can get vaccinations for will have higher statistics in other countries than ours. This could be a matter of climate, or the wildlife, or simply something that spreads easier.

It’s also good to keep in mind that even if you have good travel insurance, that won’t cover anything you could have gotten vaccinated for before you left.

Take the time before you leave to contact your GP about what vaccinations you may need for where you’re travelling.

You can also check the NHS’s Fit for Travel Map for more information on specific destinations’ requirements.


If you take any medication, it’s equally important to ensure you’re prepared for the duration of your holiday, for your safety and peace of mind.

  • Make sure you have enough to last your entire holiday, if you’re running low, get in contact with your GP, they should be able to give you an earlier prescription if they know you won’t be in the country, but make sure to do this a while in advance to give them time to provide

  • Ensure you have all the necessary documents with you. Proof of prescription from your doctor, this may be needed if you’re going to a country with strict drug control, or you need to get more when you’re there.
  • Some of the ingredients in your medication may be illegal in certain countries, you can find out by contacting the nearest Embassy or High Commission for the country you’re visiting.
  • If your condition means you have dietary restrictions, you should get in touch with your GP to make a schedule that will take into account what you’ll have at easy access, change in time zones, and the length of your journey.
  • Keep a travelling letter, this will detail your impairments and any assistance you might need in any given situation.
  • Check with your GP that flights won’t cause any issues for your blood flow.

Taking care of your health and the safety of those around you is always important to ensure you can enjoy your holiday without disruption.

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