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Help keep your family fit and healthy on holiday by using your free* Family Safe Plus account. Family Safe Plus allows you to add all medical conditions, medication, allergies, blood group and doctors details for each family member – vital should this be needed in an emergency.

We have also compiled a checklist of things to consider:

  • Put together a basic first aid kit including antiseptic, antihistamine, plasters, painkillers and insect repellent more »

  • Laking prescribed medication? Take the prescription with you and write down your prescriptions on Family Safe Plus

  • Travelling within the EU? Get a new European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from at the Post Office for reduced or free emergency care more

  • Check with the nearest embassy of the country you are going to that your medication will be legal in that country and find out whether you will need to take a doctor’s letter with you.

  • Ensure you have adequate travel insurance and have advised your insurer of any pre-existing conditions more »

  • Check what vaccinations you need with your GP at least six weeks before you travel.

  • Pack enough supplies of any medication that you are taking in your hand luggage. You should keep your medication in its original packaging and take any prescription documents with you.

  • If you've got a cold or suffer from hay fever, the pressure changes during a flight can be very uncomfortable. Use a nasal spray, decongestant or antihistamine.

  • Take a sachet of vinegar from a fast food restaurant in case of jellyfish bites (pour it on the skin after removing the sting)

  • Changes in cabin pressure particularly during take off and landing can affect your ears. Sucking a sweet, yawning and swallowing can help clear them.

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis - the cramped, upright position of many aircraft seats and long periods of sitting still reduces circulation in the legs. This increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be fatal. more »

First Aid Kit

What you carry in your first aid kit can depend on where you're going. Think about the places you'll be visiting before you pack. That said, there are a fair number of basics that should in your kit, and you should always make sure it's fully stocked on them before you leave home. Aspirin, Paracetamol or ibuprofen (remember children's aspirin, too) is a necessity for everything from headache to fever and inflammation.

Insect repellent
Antacid tablets
Anti-diarrhea pills
Selection of plasters
Stretch bandage
Adhesive tape
Travel sickness tablets
Baby wipes
Cotton balls
Tweezers (for splinters)
Small pair of scissors
(do not pack in hand luggage)
Sachet of vinegar
(for jellyfish stings)
First aid book
Oral rehydration sachets
Water Sterilisation Tablets

ECIH Cards

The free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles you to some reduced or free emergency care – but you will still need travel insurance.

Check that your EHIC is still valid. The EHIC replaces form E111 from 1st January 2006.. Visit the Department of Health website for further details on how to apply.

Make sure you place your EHIC card number on your Family Safe Plus account in case your ever need it.

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Travel Insurance

Ensure that your travel or private health insurance policy provides adequate medical cover. In Europe, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) may not cover all of your hospital bills. EHIC can provide free or reduced cost treatment in European Economic Area countries (EEA) or Switzerland. However, only state-provided treatment is covered with this – and this may not cover all of the things that you would expect to receive free of charge with the NHS. As a result, travellers are often left with a large percentage of their medical bill.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

The cramped, upright position of many aircraft seats and long periods of sitting still reduces circulation in the legs. This increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be fatal.

Precautions to take are:

  • Drink lots of water throughout the flight. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks such as coffee and cola.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes. Avoid wearing tight shoes, socks and trousers.

  • Avoid sleeping for long periods.

  • Wriggle your toes and move your feet regularly.

  • Walk up and down the aisle for a few minutes twice an hour.

  • Take an aspirin before the flight, this reduces the ability of the blood to form clots. If you're already taking medication, check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Travellers' Health Advice ( 0845 606 2030) or at Post Offices

Extra Peace of Mind

Family Safe Plus allows you to add all medical conditions, allergies, blood group and doctors details for each family member.

Simply place a Family Safe Plus wristband or tag onto your child or vulnerable adult and let the service speak for them! If they should be involved in an accident, the emergency services can find out what medication or allergies they have and be put straight through to you. 

We have developed a pack specifically for holidays. The pack contains 6 passport guards, 4 luggage guards, 4 wallet guards and 10 disposable, waterproof wristbands for just £9.99 Simply write your mobile phone number and Family Safe Plus ID (issued to you with your free account) on the guards or wristbands and people will be able to contact you. (link to register for free)  

*Family Safe Holidays provides a free Family Safe Plus account for your next holiday. To have 365 day protection at home and abroad for your family, upgrade for just £10 and get a free Family Safe Holidays pack (worth £9.99)

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