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    Health tips for the regular corporate traveller

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    If you’re constantly on the move for work, you’ll know that there’s nothing worse than being hit with a cold. Worse still, if you’re travelling internationally you could encounter something a little more sinister than the flu – so it pays to prepare yourself for your destination properly.

    That’s why we’ve pulled together a couple of tips to keep yourself in top condition while you’re taking care of business.

    For further information and guidance on protecting your health while travelling, contact your personal travel manager who will point you in the right direction for more specific medical advice.

    Preventative Packing

    There are a couple of items that you should always have handy, even if you’re just travelling domestically. The most important item is hand sanitiser. Most germs are spread through your hands, so if you’re not able to get to a sink to wash your hands regularly, whip out your sanitiser and say goodbye to sneezing.

    Other great items include tissues, a multivitamin to replenish nutrients you might not be getting while on the run and a jacket or shawl to protect yourself from air-conditioning on the plane.

    Visit a GP

    For major international trips, go to a doctor at least six weeks in advance and find out what diseases you should be vaccinated against. Some countries actually have vaccination requirements such as a Yellow Fever certificate and it’s best to check with your doctor or on the Smart Traveller website for the government recommendations.

    A GP can prescribe medication or preparations to avoid disease spread by contaminated water and food. These may include oral rehydration salts, antidiarrheal medications and antibiotics.

     While you’re there, make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date. The last time many of us had a vaccination could be as far back as primary or high school and you may well need a booster for things like Tetanus, Diptheria or Whooping Cough.

    Pack a Medical Kit

    If you’re travelling overseas, you should also carry a medical pack on top of your preventative pack.

    Essential items to include in your medical kit include:

    • Bandages
    • Antiseptic wound cleanser
    • Basic painkiller (paracetamol or aspirin)
    • Tweezers
    • Sunburn cream
    • Decongestant for air travel with hay fever or cold
    • Strong insect repellent
    • Long-sleeved clothes if Malaria is prevalent
    • Bottled water if you are only travelling for a short period
    • Motion sickness medication

    Travel medical kits can also be obtained from your local chemist.

     

    Contact your local, personal manager now to get medical advice before your travel http://www.travelmanagers.com.au/ptm-search/

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