If you are travelling to an area where malaria is a risk, prevention is vital. Speak to our pharmacist at least one month before you travel.
To reduce the chance of being bitten by a mosquito or other disease-carrying insect:
Apply insect repellent to all exposed areas of skin.
Wear long sleeves and trousers, especially in the evening.
In your room, use a mosquito coil, spray or plug-in insecticide vaporiser.
Mosquito nets can also provide good protection.
To avoid the risk of contracting sexually-transmitted diseases, always use a condom.
Purchase condoms in the UK before you travel, as sometimes only poorer quality brands may be available overseas.
Immunisation protects you from diseases. You may already be protected from diseases such as tetanus, but other immunisations, such as typhoid, would generally be given especially for travel. Although few immunisations are legally required before you travel, many are recommended for holiday destinations. Ask our pharmacist for further information.
Try to allow at least two months for immunisations before you travel.
Remember to use your common sense when taking part in outdoor or sporting activities. Alcohol should not be drunk before swimming or taking part in water sports or any other activity during which you could be hurt.
It is better to buy items you may need in the UK as you will be familiar with the brands. It would also be easier than trying to explain your symptoms to a non-English-speaking pharmacist.
Personal medication (take in hand luggage)
Paracetamol or other painkillers
First aid kit
Medicines to treat diarrhoea (ask your pharmacist for advice)