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Don't Forget Your First Aid Kit

TNS recently carried out a survey for Southern Cross Travel Insurance of over 2,000 Kiwis and found that over half of those who had travelledsuffered from some sort of minor illness while overseas. The most common illnesses we cold or flu (19%), travellers' diarrhoea (16%) and travel sickness (12%). 

The survey also revealed that 28% of travellers had suffered from sunburn, 20% from insect bites, 10% from cuts/grazes and 3% from broken bones/sprains. 

SCTI CEO Craig Morrison says anyone travelling overseas should take the time to prepare a first aid kit that contains but preventative and remedial items. These should include:

  • Pain relief – paracetamol or aspirin
  • Antacid tablets
  • Cold relief capsules
  • Throat lozenges
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Antihistamine tablets or liquid
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Antiseptic cream/ointment
  • Sticking plasters and wound dressings
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

The research figures are backed up by SCTI claims data of which medical claims account for 55% by volume. Other claims include: 

  • Theft                                                10.6%
  • Loss of an item                                   6.4%
  • Mislaid luggage                                   5.3%
  • Accidental property damage                 1.9%
  • Rental car damage                              1.6%
  • Cancellation                                        1.2%
  • Curtailment                                         3.2%
  • Flight delay                                         8.9%
  • Missed connection                               2.0%
  • Accommodation issues                        2.9%
  • Other                                                  1.0%



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