If you’re lucky enough to be travelling to far-flung destinations this summer, here are some health and safety tips to bear in mind to prevent travel accidents and ensure you enjoy a hassle-free, pleasant journey and an incredible holiday:
Pre long haul flights
Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport and arrive early; with long haul flights, it’s often a good idea to get there around three hours in advance of your flight time. Avoid rushing around, as this will make you stressed and increase the risk of slips, trips and falls.
On the plane
While you are travelling, take care to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding drinking a lot of alcohol. Keep your legs and feet moving and take regular walks up and down the aisles to keep your blood pumping and prevent clotting. Be careful when walking down the aisles and watch out for slip and trip obstructions, such as bags, toys and blankets. If you are at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, ask your GP for advice before you travel; they may recommend taking aspirin before and after you fly and wearing flight socks during your flight in addition to doing exercises to boost your circulation. If you suffer from travel sickness, try taking an anti-sickness tablet before you fly; ask a pharmacist for advice and always follow the dosage instructions.
Long haul flights often involve a large number of people sitting within a confined space for a long period of time and this can increase the risk of illnesses and infections, as germs spread very easily. If you’re going on a long haul flight, take care to dispose of used tissues, cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze and wash your hands on a regular basis. It may also be worth carrying a small bottle of hand sanitiser with you.
Making a claim for a travel accident
If you have been involved in an accident on a plane, you’ve been injured at the airport or you suffered injuries as a result of a holiday accident, you may be entitled to travel accident compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in handling holiday accident claims and our expert legal team could help you claim the no-win no-fee* travel payout you deserve.
Call our 24-hour helpline, on 0800 689 0500, or visit our website for more information.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice