Visit your GP at least two months before travelling
to ensure you get any necessary vaccinations in time. Your GP will also be able to tell you if malaria is present in the region you are visiting, but also make sure to tell them you are working with wildlife or working in a rural community.
The NHS Fit for Travel website
has up to date health information for all countries in the world, and worth keeping an eye on in case of any recent disease outbreaks.
Buy comprehensive travel insurance
which must include emergency repatriation and medical evacuation, particularly if you are staying in a remote part of the world where hospitals or clinics are thin on the ground. Do be honest with your insurance company and don’t just opt for the cheapest policy. You may need bespoke insurance for this trip. Your tour operator will also be able to advise you on this.
Pack a first aid kit including
sterile dressings and hypodermic syringes in case of emergencies when you are unsure of local facilities. And having an EpiPen is also a very good thing, even if you don’t have known allergies.
Bring plenty of your own medication if you take something regularly. If travelling off the beaten track, and with an ongoing medical condition, it is a good idea to have a letter translated into the local language
explaining the condition, in case of a hospital emergency.
Always read your trip notes properly and pack accordingly, with hats for sun protection or thermal layers if necessary. The climate isn’t always what you expect.
And as always with children, if travelling to hot climates, ensure you have plenty of sunscreen with you
, ideally an environmentally friendly one with full protection.