Holidays are lovely, aren’t they? A little bit of time away to appreciate another part of the world, see how things are done in another place. Those of us who have the travel bug will often lose hours just sitting thinking about going somewhere new. If we can’t go there, we might sit looking at Street View pictures of the city or country in question. No? We don’t ALL do that? OK, never mind then.
There can be no doubt that a holiday in another country is like a little adventure. The first road sign you see in another language, the little changes in architecture and the differences in scenery. It all goes together to make for an enthralling experience. If you speak the language it’s a chance to practise; if you don’t it’s a chance to learn. It’s all very enthralling, but it can be an anxious time as well.
Simply put, the fact that you’re on holiday is something you’ll know in your mind but it may not have been communicated to your body. Sometimes we fall ill, and this does not happen according to a schedule, so what do you do if you get sick in another country?
1. Have A List Of Medications You Are Taking
If you aren’t on any regular medication, congratulations, this will be a very short list. If you are, however, it is advisable to make any doctor aware of them. So make a list and, if possible, translate this into the language of the country where you are going. This is of vital importance, because a doctor may need to give you medication that you are not in a position to assent to or refuse. To avoid any troubling interactions, this list will allow a doctor to make the right decision.
2. Know What You Can Rely On
The existence of a common market in Europe has increased the ability to move between its component countries. While this has many advantages, it is worth recognising that your access to health care varies in different countries. It is a good idea to apply for or renew EHIC card before you go away, as this will give you access to treatment in all partner countries. This is a long list of countries, not limited to the EU.
3. Know What You Can Take With You
Countries have rules about what can be taken across their borders, and it is worth being sure that any medication you bring is covered. Medication that you have been prescribed for a pain condition or for a mental health issue might also be recreationally used. Although you may simply need it to feel human, having a doctor’s letter might benefit you in proving that you’re not planning to sell it in a club.
Having a chronic illness should not be a bar to travelling internationally. Nor should fear of falling ill abroad stop you from planning to travel. Going to new places is one of the great joys in life, and why should it be denied to a wider group of people?