Local food and water
Your Explore Leader will be the best person to advise you, but here’s a reminder of some of the less common sources of germs:
• Inadequately washed fruit or salad
• Undercooked meat and vegetables
• Unpasteurised milk
• Brushing your teeth with tap water in risky areas
• Ice cubes
• Drinking straight out of a can
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This is often caused by the change of diet and climate and lasts around 48 hours and invariably strikes when least expected. Treat water with the utmost care – when brushing your teeth, for instance or swimming – and take care with your own personal hygiene, washing hands frequently. Antibacterial hand wash gel is recommended. If you do get an upset stomach, drink plenty of (filtered or bottled) water to avoid dehydration and take some electrolyte solution (e.g. Dioralyte) to restore the salts lost by your body. If you have to travel, anti-diarrhoea tablets (e.g. Imodium) may be helpful. Be aware that an upset stomach may affect your body’s ability to absorb any medication you are taking.
It’s always advisable to let your tour leader know if you are feeling unwell.
First aid and medicines
Taking your own first aid kit is a must. Remember to pack prescriptions in your hand luggage and not your checked-in luggage. The Lifesystems range of medical kits is practical and well-designed.
Sun & heat
Always remember to pack sun-cream. Too much sun can give you sunburn and possibly lead to sunstroke, which can ruin your holiday and have negative effects on your health.
A good lip salve is also advisable and dark sunglasses with high UV protection.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
For more information on DVT, please visit the NHS website
Advise your friends and relatives to contact Explore in an emergency and we shall endeavour to get a message passed through to you as quickly as possible. Should anything happen to you while you are away, you can be sure that our emergency procedures and communication channels will kick in rapidly. Leave the worrying to us; you just enjoy your holiday!