Travel health checklist

What to pack to stay safe and healthy abroad, including first aid essentials.

Basic travel health kit

The exact contents of your travel kit will depend on your travel plans.

A basic kit can include:

First aid kit

A basic first aid kit includes:

For more detailed information, read Your medicine cabinet.

Sunscreen

The sunscreen label should have:

  • the letters "UVA" in a circle logo and at least four-star UVA protection
  • at least SPF15 sunscreen to protect against UVB

Country-specific advice

For more adventurous travel and depending on where you're going, you could consider:

For country-specific health and safety advice, go to: 

Sign up for email alerts from TravelHealthPro and the FCO to get the latest updates for that country.

Follow @NaTHNaC and @FCOtravel on Twitter to get the latest travel updates and advice.

Don't travel without health insurance. If you're travelling in the EU, also apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to cover costs of any essential treatment while you're abroad.

Travel health

A simple guide to health precautions when travelling abroad, including vaccinations, taking condoms and a first aid kit, and being careful about drinking water.

Media last reviewed: 09/07/2015

Next review due: 09/07/2017

Page last reviewed: 26/05/2016

Next review due: 26/05/2018

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