People preparing to travel this summer should ensure they are prepared to treat any minor medical conditions by carrying a first aid kit.

People preparing to travel this summer should ensure they are prepared to treat any minor medical conditions by carrying a first aid kit.

This is the advice of NHS Direct representative Jacqui Jedrzejewski, who also said travellers should ensure they have the appropriate travel insurance and that they carry notes about any pre-existing medical conditions in case of an emergency.

“It is better to go prepared rather than trying to find a pharmacy open, especially if you are going abroad and don’t speak the language of the country you are visiting,” she commented.

In news that may be of particular interest to those going on holidays to India – where travellers often experience upset stomachs – Ms Jedrzejewski also said people should avoid purchasing food from street vendors and should drink only bottled water.

Datamonitor reported in August 2007 that the UK travel insurance market increased by 1.4 per cent in 2006, a factor the company attributed to more Britons flying abroad.

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