Essex Safeguarding Children Board
Keeping safe on holiday - travel planning
As well as all the usual things to be aware of when going on holiday such as keeping hydrated and eating unusual foods, as a parent it is important to prepare for your child becoming unwell, particularly if they have a health condition.
Things you may need to pack
- Any medicines and other medical supplies you and your family use regularly - they may be hard to find at your destination
- Don't forget inhalers, allergy medication, and insulin, if needed
- Over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever
- A small first-aid kit that includes antiseptic, bandages etc.
- Insect repellent (the most effective ones contain DEET)
- Waterless alcohol-based hand rubs for when soap and clean water aren't available
Do some research before your trip to find the hospital or medical care facility closest to your destination, particularly if your child has a chronic health condition. If you're traveling overseas, try to find one where English is spoken.
It's also wise to carry a written copy of your child's medical history. Having this available can help health care workers make appropriate decisions about how to treat your child and you won't have to worry about forgetting important information at a time when you're likely to be upset.
A medical history should include:
- your name, your child's name, your address and home phone number
- your child's blood type
- immunisation records
- your doctor's name, address, and office and emergency phone numbers
- a list of any ongoing health problems, such as diabetes or asthma
- a list of any medicines your child takes
- a list of allergies to medications, food, insects, and animals
- the name, address, and phone number of a relative other than you