Before you go

When travelling internationally, it is important to address all health concerns before boarding your flight. For example, some diseases that have been eradicated in Hong Kong may still be present in your holiday destination. Prior to your departure, talk to your GP regarding possible diseases and risks in the region you are travelling to and obtain the necessary vaccinations and information. In addition to the health risks, some vaccinations are so important that countries prohibit travel unless you can prove your immunisation. As such, always carry certificates from your doctor if applicable.

If you need to take medication overseas, you should check the medication is legal in your travel destination. On occasions, you may need a letter from your doctor describing your medical condition and a detailed list of the medication required. In general, the medication should be carried in its original packaging and clearly marked and always carried in your hand luggage or on your person at all times.

If you do ever require medical treatment when overseas, it may be costly, which is why travel insurance is essential to organise before departing for your holiday. With travel insurance you can travel with peace of mind that if an accident or emergency is to happen, you will be covered. At Flight Centre we offer Cover More Travel Insurance which offers customers access to 24 hour emergency assistance. Talk to your local travel consultant about which travel insurance coverage is best suited to you, your family and needs on 2830 2899.

During your flight

When flying, particularly long haul, it is important to maintain your health while on board. Passengers on flights may be at risk of experiencing motion sickness, blood clots and deep vein thrombosis. There are however techniques that can be used to avoid these aliments. Firstly, make an effort to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout your flight, avoiding coffee, tea and alcohol as much as possible. In addition, avoid over-eating before or during your flight as it can often be hard to digest food when the body is inactive.

To avoid discomfort during your flight, make an effort to perform in-seat stretches and exercises as well as walk around the plane when possible. Simple exercises such as ankle circles, neck rolls and shoulder rolls can improve circulation and help ease sore muscles. If DVT or blood clots are of concern to you (refer to your doctor for more details),wearing compression stockings onboard can help prevent swollen ankles and feet and help the blood flow in your legs. If you are susceptible to motion sickness, consider taking appropriate medications before boarding your flight. The airline flight attendants are always happy to help.

After you arrive

Once you arrive at your destination, you may experience jet lag, depending on the distance travelled and time zones crossed. Generally speaking, it takes approximately one day per time zone crossed for the body's clock to adjust. Some techniques to help speed up this process include performing physical activities such as a walking, bike riding or reading before bed time when you arrive at your destination. Your accommodation may also offer a gymnasium or swimming pool. This type of activity can help to make your body feel tired and fall asleep at an appropriate time.

Depending on your travel destination, there may be other health precautions that you will need to take while there. For example, in some countries the water is not safe to drink and as a result you will need to use bottled water at all times. It's also essential to be aware of safe food practices and to avoid food stalls and restaurants that do not look clean or hygienic.