Planning your next adventure, summer holiday, or weekend trip away? Make sure you've got the essentials packed, and take a look at some of the things you might have forgotten:
Essentials for going on holiday:
- passport and/or ID
- covid/ vaccination pass proof
- travel and insurance documents
- money; credit or debit cards and/or cash; currencies
- appropriate clothing; summer or winter holidays, weather permitting
- appropriate footwear - comfortable shoes that support your feet are a must!
- batteries and/ or chargers/ adapters
- electronic devices; tablets, phones, laptops etc.
- toiletries, sun cream (if needed)
- books, magazines and/or games for entertainment
- self catered weekend away? Make a list of the food and drink you will need prior to travelling. You may need to check with the accommodation provider if you need to take pots, pans, and any condiments with you.
Things you may not have thought of:
- checking the local guidelines of travel this summer. Including entering different countries and returning to the UK. Further information can be found on the GOV UK website.
- compression socks/ flight socks. If you are travelling long distance or may be sat down for long periods of time you should consider wearing compression hosiery. Due to COVID-19 you are now required to stay seated on flights unless you need to use the toilet facilities. This means that you won't be able to stretch your legs and feet by walking around the plane. Compression socks or tights will help to support your legs and feet and encourage healthy blood circulation by gently squeezing your legs.
- compression application aid. In the summer heat compression can be challenging to apply. Ensure you have your helping hand, ActiGlide, to support ease of application.
- emollients, or any other moisturiser needed. If you have a wound or leg condition you may need your unscented products and your unscented PH balanced soap for daily cleansing.
- insect repellent (insect bites could develop into more serious conditions and/ or wounds).
- face mask. Face masks are now optional, however a good item to have if you have opted to continue to wear a mask, or in case you are asked to wear one. If you are travelling abroad some countries may have different regulations for wearing face masks and social distancing, ensure you check rules and regulations before travel.
- hand sanitiser and/or anti-bacterial wipes.
- medication. Medications such as pain relief, dehydration relief etc. are always handy to take on holiday. If you are on any medications or have a condition ensure that you take these with you, you may have to provide a copy of your prescription from your GP.
- cultural etiquette. If you are travelling abroad you should be aware that some countries may have cultural differences that you may be expected to abide by. Always ensure you research cultural etiquette's before travel.
If you have concerns about your legs or feet, please talk to your GP, nurse or pharmacist for further advice.