Before you even set off on your round the world adventure there are certain planning stages that you need to go through in order to make your dream a reality. An important part of that pre trip planning – and one that is often neglected – is your health.
- Ensure that you have comprehensive health cover in your travel insurance.
- You need to research any specific malarial or vaccination requirements for the area you are visiting. Visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) website, the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website or the NHS’ Fit For Travel for any updates.
- Ensure that you are up to date on all routine and recommended vaccinations. This may take longer than you think, especially if you need more than a couple of shots as boosters may have to be timed weeks apart.
- It is recommended that you visit your GP, specialist nurse or travel clinic at least six to ten weeks before you plan to travel. I strongly recommend that you go sooner than that, especially if you are planning on travelling for more than a month and/or you need a series of vaccinations.
- If you will need anti malaria prophylaxis where you plan on going, then it is important to discuss with your GP or specialist nurse which medication is right for you, test for any allergies and in some cases begin taking the medication before you set off.