Hiker’s essential medicine kit

A hiking trip can do wonders for the mind and body — but tread carefully. Hikes can be remote and physically challenging, and you can fall ill even when you’re fit.
Whether you’re doing a day walk in rainforest, trekking a long desert track or scaling the heights of the Himalayas, packing the right advice and a suitable medicine kit is the key to staying well.

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Top tips for a happy, healthy holiday

For most of us the silly season often involves later nights and overdoing the Christmas cheer, particularly when you add an overseas trip into the mix.

NPS MedicineWise has some tips to help you make the most of your end of year trip while staying healthy and taking your medicines safely.

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5 ways holidays can muck up your medicines

No matter where you go or what you have planned on your holiday, the likelihood is you’ll be breaking your usual routine.

Travelling overseas can affect the medicines you take often and may mean you’ll need to take medicines you don’t take at home, such as antimalarial tablets — so it’s important to be prepared so you can stay well and enjoy your trip.

Here are 5 ways being away from home can impact on your medicines and a few tips to help you avoid medicine mishaps.

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Taking the sting out of your seaside holiday

Being around the sea is a national pastime for Australians — walking on the beach, boating, surfing, snorkelling, diving or dipping. You name it we love it.

Many of us also opt for a coastal holiday even when travelling abroad with destinations like Thailand, Bali, and Hawaii being popular.

But your long anticipated beach or ocean holiday could turn nasty if you end up lobster red from sunburn or on the wrong side of a sea urchin.

Here are some tips for preventing common beach holiday injuries, what to do if you are unlucky, and when to seek medical help.

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Unwanted Holiday Souvenirs

Bringing home knick-knacks and keepsakes during your trip overseas is part of the fun, but there are some “souvenirs” you definitely don’t want.

Skin conditions are one of the most frequent medical problems for travellers.

While travelling to exotic places you could be exposed to all manner of bugs that can cause unsightly rashes, bites or boils. Reassuringly, most skin problems can be avoided and are easily treated. Here’s how…

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Tips For Staying Healthy In The Air

For many Aussies, the only thing separating them from work and a well-earned, overseas holiday is a plane flight.

But that time in the air – from a few hours to the equivalent of a day or more – can take its toll on you physically and mentally.

Whether you’re lucky enough to be up the pointy end of the plane or squashed between other voyagers in zoo class, being well prepared for your flight will leave you less jaded when you reach your destination.

Here are some tips to take on board.

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Your medicinewise travel checklist

If you’re preparing to go away, use this checklist to safeguard your health and make sure you remember your medicines.

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