Health - Europe

Last Updated: 2nd Nov 2014

<p>More <a href="/contikipedia/articles/tour-and-travel-advice-europe">Tour and Travel Advice</a> for Europe</p> <h2>General</h2> <p>Life on a Contiki tour can get quite hectic with early mornings and late nights. Its easy to get run down if you don&#8217;t take the time to rest while on tour which makes it easy for you to catch the common cold, the flu or to aggravate an existing medical condition. Different air, water, dairy, food, lifestyle and jet-lag can also reduce your resistance. We suggest you take a multi-vitamin course while on tour and eat and rest properly.</p> <h2>Water</h2> <p>Water in some areas is undrinkable, so please take care. Your Tour Manger will advise you where and when this is the case. In these areas bottled water is cheap and easy to find.</p> <p>It&#8217;s also important to keep your fluid levels up particularly during summer or in hot climates like that of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/egypt">Egypt</a>. Drinking water before you go to bed is also helpful, particularly if you&#8217;re having big nights out.</p> <h2>Medical Services and Medications on Tour</h2> <p>If at any time you feel unwell you Tour Manger can advise you in contacting a doctor for a consultation. The quality of medical services varies from country to country and medicines that are available over the counter at home may not be available or only available by prescription in some European countries. Conversely, you may be surprised at what is available without a prescription in other countries however it is recommended that you carry prescriptions for any drugs you may need or carry with you.</p> <p>If you are on a regular course of medication or contraception you must bring a sufficient supply for the entire time you are away from home.</p> <p>We also suggest that you bring a small supply of antiseptic cream, sticking plasters, aspirin, insect repellent, cough medicine and perhaps some antibiotics. These are not carried on the coach and your responsibility. All Contiki coaches do however carry sealed first aid kit in case of an emergency.</p> <h2>Existing Conditions</h2> <p>You must advise Contiki through your travel agent or Contiki directly before your departure if you have any important medical conditions.</p> <p>Make sure you have an adequate supply of an medicines you may need while on tour and carry prescriptions for them.</p>