Travel Health First Aid Kit - What to Pack?

It’s that time of the year when many people from the UK are getting ready to travel abroad on holiday. If you are going on holiday abroad, there are lots of things to think about before you travel; from essential medicines to vaccinations and travel insurance.

Try to start preparing for your travel at least four weeks before you go away so you don’t have any unexpected surprises at the last minute

Travel Vaccinations & Immunisation

Depending where you are travelling to, you might need to have some vaccinations and / or take malaria prevention treatment. Speak to your local Alphega Pharmacy pharmacist who will be able to advise you if you need travel vaccines and if malaria is a risk where you are going.

Travel health first aid - vaccinations and immunisation

What to Pack in Your Travel First Aid Kit?

Make a list of essential travel medicines such as painkillers, antiseptic cream and antihistamines. It is much easier to take these with you on holiday, rather than trying to find a pharmacy to buy medicines while you are abroad, especially if you don’t speak the local language very well. Your local pharmacy will be able to give you advice on those essential holiday medicines.

If you take regular prescribed medicines, make sure you order your repeat prescription in plenty of time before you go away and make sure you order enough medicines to last while you are away.

Don’t forget about sunscreen and make sure you take enough with you. When choosing sunscreen, always choose at least SPF15 to protect against UVB and at least four-star UVA protection.

If you are going on a long-haul flight, stretch your legs and get up and walk around to minimise your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Wear loose, comfortable clothes and drink fluids, avoiding alcohol. If you think you may be at risk of developing DVT, speak to your GP or pharmacist before your travel. 

Travel first aid kit - what to pack?

Travel Health Insurance & EHIC

No matter where you are going on holiday, it is essential to have the right travel insurance. Make sure your insurance policy covers the destination you are going to, the duration of your holiday and any specific activities you are planning to do while on holiday.

If you are travelling in Europe, make sure you have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This will entitle you to free or reduced-cost medical care, however it won’t cover you for everything that travel insurance does, such as emergency travel back to the UK.

Travel health advice - travel insurance and EHIC

You can find out the latest health and safety advice for the country you are travelling to at or

Visit your local Alphega Pharmacy where your pharmacist will be able to provide you with advice on preparing for your travels. You can find your local Alphega Pharmacy by visiting our store locator below.


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