— The six top tips all travellers need to know before going on holiday this summer
BEIJING, Juli 9, 2012/PRNewswire-Asia/ — As we fast approach the height of the summer holidays, International SOS( http://www.internationalsos.com/en ), the world’s leading medical security services company, has compiled the following six pieces of advice every traveller should read before setting off.
“At International SOS, we receive and respond to thousands of calls each day through our 27 assistance centres around the globe. Depending on the season and destination, we see certain issues that are more prevalent,” comments Dr. Craig Stark, Regional Medical Director, China and Remote Territories, International SOS. “In the summer holiday period, many of our members take trips further from home, often to unfamiliar or remote destinations, where they tend to spend more time outdoors. During this busy time of year, extra vigilance and advanced planning can go a long way towards avoiding and preventing common summer travel pitfalls.”
While each destination has its own set of unique challenges, the tips that follow are applicable to most international travel locations.
— Don’t wait with health concerns – In some locations, such as remote areas, it can take hours or days to locate and travel to an appropriate medical treatment centre. When you are in unfamiliar territory, you can’t afford to wait and see if a problem worsens. Travellers should act quickly at the first sign of a health issue and seek help through a travel assistance provider or local resource as soon as possible. International SOS members should call their assistance centre number immediately.
— Test the waters – Each summer travel season, International SOS sees an uptake in water-related accidents and illness. When swimming, remember that the water does not need to be very deep to cause trouble. Swift currents, rocks, tree branches and other submerged objects can cause serious bodily harm. Cold water can also be extremely dangerous, causing hypothermia even in hot weather. When combined with alcohol consumption and an unfamiliar environment, the dangers mount significantly. When it comes to consuming liquids, from tap water to ice cubes, be sure to familiarise yourself with the country’s water safety recommendations to avoid illness, and when in doubt, stick to sealed bottled water.
— Mind the bite – Bites and scratches from animals and insects – including dogs, katten, monkeys, vleermuizen en muggen - kan leiden tot grote problemen voor de reizigers dus zorg ervoor dat u de nodige medicijnen en injecties om u te beschermen voordat u op reis hebt gehad. Houd je afstand van dieren tijdens het reizen en vermijd de verleiding om ze te aaien, ongeacht hoe schattig ze ook zijn. Voor reizigers met ernstige allergieën, moet u een nieuwe epinefrine injectie door uw arts voor onmiddellijke reactie op een vreemde hap te dragen.
— Beheer uw medicijnen - Bij het reizen, dragen een kopie van het recept geschreven door uw arts en bewaar alle medicijnen in hun originele verpakking met labels intact. Merk op dat sommige medicijnen binnen een bepaald temperatuurbereik moeten worden bewaard. Voorkomen dat deze eisen in een hete bagageruimte of kofferbak. Bring at least a week’s worth of extra doses of any medication you take regularly, to avoid running out if you are sidelined by an extended travel delay.
— Take care of your skin – One of the quickest and most damaging injuries affecting travellers is sunburn, particularly in locations close to the Equator where the sun is strongest. Exposed and unprotected skin can burn in as little as 15 notulen, and those burns can become quite severe. An SPF of 45+ is recommended, as is limiting time spent in direct sun light, particularly during peak hours (10 a.m. naar 3 p.m.). Re-apply sunscreen often, particularly after enjoying a dip in the pool or ocean.
— Security – Many countries are facing rising levels of economic pressure and as a result, there have been some reports of increasing instances of opportunistic street crime targeting foreign travellers. Travellers should be particularly aware of low-level scams at airports or railway stations, attempted over-charging by taxis, pickpockets and attempted theft or manipulation of credit card details. Constraints on government spending have also led to mounting tensions and there have been numerous strikes in countries including Greece, France, Spanje, Italië, Bulgaria and Hungary. Strikes can occur with little or no notice and may result in scale backs or closures of public transportation. Prepare for a worst case scenario by researching ways to get around in the event of a shutdown.
About International SOS
International SOS (www.internationalsos.com) is the world’s leading medical security services company operating from over 700 sites in 76 landen met 10,000 medewerkers, geleid door 1,100 artsen en 200 beveiligingsspecialisten.
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