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In episode 24 I discuss why you should bring along your own personalised first-aid kit.
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Bring your own personalised first-aid kit
Take a personal first-aid kit to deal with everyday medical issues while cruising.
The on-board medical center is expensive and the ship’s stores only open when you are at sea. They usually cannot sell over-the-counter medicines you can buy in your local chemist or drugstore. It may be hard to find or communicate with a pharmacist in the ports of call. So be ready to self treat small medical-related issues yourself.
Things you should include are your favourite remedies for common ailments like seasickness, headaches and diarrhoea. Add in items for issues you are prone to suffering from like mouth ulcers or hay fever. Also bring treatments and preventions for problems you think you may encounter in the region you are cruising to like insects, mosquitos and sunburn. Finally, include a pack of various sized Band-Aid plasters, antiseptic cream and bandages. These have proven valuable to me in the past, for example, when I have stubbed my toe and needed to strap it up.
Check your bathroom before heading off on a cruise and stock up on all the first aid items you and your family regularly use.
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