How's your health? Tips for optimal travel health

Some tips for ensuring optimal travel health before departing on your next overseas holiday

Take precautions with travel vaccinations


Before you board the plane, it's a good idea that you see a travel doctor or health professional before you leave so you can discuss potential vaccinations for overseas travel, along with other preventative measures for local diseases.

You mightn't be aware that when you travel to Bali, a very popular tourist destination, you could be susceptible to Tetanus, Measles, Typhoid, Hepatis A and Rabies - getting the proper vaccinations for Bali will make preventing all of these easier. 

There's also a chance you'll be stung by a mosquito, which could be carrying a number of diseases such as Zika, Malaria and most importantly Dengue Fever. A consultation with a professional will cover how to avoid being bitten, and thus how to avoid getting sick. 

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions check your RACV Travel Insurance policy details to see if cover is provided automatically or if you need to apply for cover.

Travelling with prescriptions and other medications


Medications that are commonly available over the counter or by prescription in Australia are not always legal in other countries. When traveling with medication and taking medication overseas, you may need to carry a letter from your doctor authorising use.

However some countries simply ban certain medications and severe penalties may apply if you breach these laws.

When taking over the counter medication overseas, it pays to be aware of legal restrictions in your destination country. We recommend you check with local government authorities before you leave.

Assess your travel needs

If you have issues with your mobility or special needs which may impact your holiday, it's always best to confirm travel restrictions with your travel provider.

Consider your itinerary and destinations when planning your trip. High elevation may not be for you if you have a respiratory condition and some transport providers aren't equipped to accommodate wheelchair users. With this in mind, check with cruise lines and airlines for specific mobility needs. Often they will offer early boarding via a specialised bus, list or ramp.

If you're wondering whether your travel insurance covers pre-existing medical conditions, it's best to check your travel insurance policy before you go. Find out which pre-existing conditions RACV Travel Insurance covers.

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