Take a compact First Aid Kit with you with anything you could be unlucky enough to need : bandaids of various sizes and types, antiseptics, sunscreen, insect repellant, medication for tummy upsets. It can be hard to get hold of such items when travelling. Some things have different names even with in Aust. so there is a reasonable chance the same could apply overseas. Always make sure you carry additional medication to what you anticipating you normally take. Also carry your prescriptions. If going to Aba Dhabi or Dubai (I can’t remember which one it country it is) and are taking blood pressure tablets you won’t be allowed to take them in, yet you can get your prescription for them filled. I know somebody who had this problem. handbag, hand sanitizer which you can use on your hands after handling doors etc. in places, e.g after waling out of final public conveniences – not everybody has clean hands when the enter / depart via the door into the toilet area. One tip mark the container in some way so you can’t be accused of stealing it. It is a good idea to do it with drink bottles etc. You can scribble through the bar codes. Anything I take from home I scribble it out with permanent marker, sometimes other places on the label on the container or mark the container itself. You cannot take sharp items – nail scissors, metal nail files or anything sharp. Some shoes have metal in them so you will probably be asked to take them off and be re-scanned. They no longer accept letters or certificates saying you have metal screws etc inserted during surgery. Terrorists have been known to some nasty things put in legs etc. I know a guy who was told to show his scar. The scar hadn’t completely healed so he needed to be able to sit down to do it. He said he would if he could use a private room. He told them he wan’t going to “drop” his trousers in public. Hope these tips help.

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Published 17th June 2019

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