Travelling always requires an element of caution when it comes to your health. Whether it's the different water or food, being in foreign environments has the potential to confuse your body. In addition, life on a Contiki tour can at times be a bit hectic, with early starts and late nights and so much to see and do. Getting sick on tour is a real shame but it's definitely avoidable. Simple advice like eating well and getting sufficient rest is key and as long as you take care of yourself you should be fine.
- Should you get be unfortunate to be unwell, speak to your tour manager who will be able to organise taking you to a pharmacy or if need be, to see a doctor.
If you are on a regular course of medication it is recommended that you bring a sufficient supply for the entire time you are away from home. 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.
If you have a diagnosed medical condition, you must advise Contiki or your travel agent when booking your tour as you may need to provide a medical assessment form.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Although DVT is rare, we love our travellers & keeping healthy before, during & after your tour is important. If you are flying to and/or from your tour, please read the DVT info below for our hints on what to look for & how to minimise any risks.
What is DVT?
DVT is when blood clots develop in the veins of the legs, the groin & sometimes the arms. For some people, the risk of DVT can significantly increase after a flight of 4 hours plus, and it’s important to note that it can take a few days before the side effects of DVT become known. If you’re on tour & you feel any symptoms below then let your Tour Manager know.
Factors contributing to DVT
- - Immobility or cramped seating positions
- - Flying
- - Recent major surgery
- - Personal or family history of DVT, heart disease or Pulmonary Embolism
- - Cancer, pregnancy, obesity, or if you’re taking contraceptive pills
The signs & symptoms
- - Redness or skin discolouration, warmth, hardening & swelling in the ankle, calf or thighs
- - Tenderness and/or pain on walking, raising or flexing the foot
How can you lower the risk?
- - Make more leg room (pop your hand luggage in the overhead lockers)
- - Try not to sit with your legs crossed
- - Try some of the exercises listed below
- - Elevate your legs whenever you can
- - Take a short walk every 2-3 hours
- - Drink plenty of fluids & keep hydrated
- - Avoid too much alcohol & taking sleeping tablets
- - If you think you’re at risk – throw on some compression stockings for your flight
- - Wear your favourite comfy threads when travelling
Our top exercises to keep you moving…
- - Bend and straighten your legs, feet & toes regularly
- - Press the balls of your feet down hard on the floor
- - Take a short walk