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Travel tips to get you safely there!

What is the one thing you should pack first and foremost to take on holiday with you? It isn’t the coolerbag of cold drinks and food, or the spare tyre, Although these are also important travel items they won’t help you in a medical crisis. The first thing to pack is a first aid kit. Do you own one? If not, contact us at DMC Medical Supplies for a properly stocked first aid kit.  

Now, let’s take a look at the 10 golden travelling tips to get you safely to your holiday destination
 

  1. Have your car checked before leaving on a long road trip. Don’t put off an overdue service thinking it’ll save you money for your holiday. If your car breaks down in the middle of your road trip, it will become costly anyway and turn your year-end break into a nightmare. You should also take your car to the garage for a once-over check to make sure your tyres are good and everything works properly. 
  2. Prepare an emergency kit with all the necessary tools, such as a spare tyre, carjack, and jumper cables for any car troubles you may experience on the road. Also, make sure you pack a first aid kit for any medical emergencies. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a simple headache or something more serious, you don’t want to be caught in the middle of nowhere without the right medical supplies to help you. If you own a first aid kit already, do make sure it is well stocked.
  3. Make sure both your driver’s license and car license are up to date. You don’t want to be pulled over by the traffic police and fined heavily. That would certainly add stress to your festive break. Also, check up on the rules of the road before heading off on your trip. It always pays to revisit and revise them. 
  4. Plan your road trip in advance by plotting your main route, and some alternative ones, just in case you hit terrible traffic or there is a road closure for one reason or another. GPS or Google Maps are wonderful to use in this day and age, but what happens if you run out of data. Sometimes being a little old-fashioned pays off, so make sure you have a hard-copy map with you as well.
  5. Take your time driving to your holiday destination and arrive alive. Take short rest stops along the way - at least 10 minutes every 2 hours to stretch stiff legs, breathe in fresh air and revitalise your tired brain. 
  6. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and carry a car phone charger in your car. You may need it in the event of an emergency. Also, buy double the amount of data you normally do as an added precaution.
  7. Keep nutritious snacks and plenty of water in the car for the journey. Dehydration can cause fatigue and drinking water helps revitalise. Healthy snacks also help boost your energy supplies and feed bored and hungry children. 
  8. Make sure the kids have enough to keep them occupied. Try to have a variety of things for them to do. Too much of one thing and they will be bored and tired in no time. Bored kids make irritable kids and this can distract you from remaining focused on the road. Driving safely means having your wits about you. 
  9. Wash your hands properly and practice good hygiene along the way. You don’t want to arrive at your well-earned holiday destination just to end up sick in bed, or worse, be dealing with sick children and expensive medical bills.
  10. Don’t drink and drive, and observe the rules of the road – most accidents tend to occur during the holiday season.

Make sure you have a fully-stocked first aid kit and email us now at info@dmcmedicals.co.zw to order one if you don’t. Otherwise, stick to the 10 golden tips, travel safely and have a relaxing holiday over the Christmas season.


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