You’ve planned, you’ve saved, you’ve packed. Have you given your health a thought?
Many travelers can’t wait for the freedom of the road and to leave their stress or worries behind. However, none of us are getting any younger, so it’s worth putting some thought and preparation into looking after your health before you set off.
Your health matters, why not be prepared for any bumps or obstacles on your way.
Before you go
See your GP
- Have a health check if you haven’t had one for awhile
- Ask your GP for a health summary with all your current medications and conditions
- Ask for any prescriptions you need
- You may also need to check your immunisations are up to date
Check you have ambulance cover
- If you have private healthcare, your ambulance cover might be limited. check your policy to see what you are covered for.
- If you don’t have any cover, look into getting interstate ambulance cover here
Take a first aid and CPR course
- This can help you be prepared for almost anything
- Lots of organisations offer first aid and CPR courses such as St Johns
Get a first aid kit
- After you’ve done your first aid training, make sure you have a first aid kit supplied and ready to go
- Pre-packaged first aid kits are widely available from pharmacies, online, camping supply shops and some supermarkets. Alternatively, you can make one yourself.
- Depending on any medical conditions have, you might need to add other specific medical items or medications. Always check with your GP
- If you already have a first aid kit, check your expiry dates before you go.
- Some medications also need to be stored at certain temperatures. Check the packets to make sure they are stored correctly.
- A basic first aid kit should contain the following;
- Bandages, including roller and triangular
- Alcohol swabs
- Non-stick dressings
- Saline sterile sachets or ampoules
- Disposable gloves
- Eyebath and eye drops
- Safety pins
- Surgical adhesive tape
- Pocket torch
- Pain-relief medications check with your doctor what is safe for you
- Anti-histamine medication
- A first aid manual
On the road
Don’t forget to look after yourself on the road. Take the opportunity to improve your health and wellbeing.
- Add regular exercise to your itinerary. There are lots of opportunities for bushwalking, swimming or bike riding
- Try to Improve your Diet. Try to get your 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit a day. Be mindful of fast food options on the road and try and limit fried and processed foods. Also, make sure that you store and handle food safely to avoid the risks of food poisoning.
- Relax and take it Easy. Don’t put too much stress on the intinery. Enjoy your time and take an extra day, get to know your neighbours and take a little walk. No need to rush around trying to visit everything.
- It’s important to make sure you that you stop every two hours to take a break from driving. This helps to refocus, reduce fatigue and gets the blood circulation going to your legs. If you suffer from back pain, you may want to stop more regularly or for longer periods to stretch your legs and get some movement and mobility between stops.
If you run into trouble on your way, make a telehealth appointment with your usual GP.
Your GP can provide you with advice, a treatment plan, and provide you with an escript to go to a local pharmacy.
For emergency health care, call 000.
Your health matters!