Health & Safety Information (EN)

Health & Safety

Fjällräven Thailand trail takes place in the wilderness. There are few access roads, there is pretty much no phone reception and the weather can change quickly. However, you’re not alone. Aside from having other trekkers around to help, all our checkpoints are staffed by health professionals. If you have any medical issues during the trek, contact the checkpoint staff. They should be able to help with most health issues.

Preparation

When traveling overseas, you should:

• Consider visiting a travel clinic prior to departure. Travel clinics can provide specialized immunizations and prescriptions for medications, as well as providing essential advice about how to prevent or treat illness abroad

• Learn about the availability and quality of health care available at your destination

• Purchase a travel health policy that directly pays doctors and hospitals abroad and that also coordinates and pays for emergency medical evacuation

• Carry standby antibiotics to treat travelers' diarrhea, and bring at least a basic first aid kit

• Have available copies of key portions of your medical records (e.g., a recent ECG) and a list of their medications, if health problems are a concern

• See a physician immediately if a fever develops during a trip to the tropics or soon after your return. Malaria is a medical emergency you may need to consider

Medical & Personal Care Items

• An adequate supply of your prescription medications—Carry copies of your prescriptions by generic names. Determine how much of each medication you will need for the duration of your trip, and if you will need refills

• Medical kit - At a minimum, carry a basic first-aid kit that contains a thermometer, Band-Aids, gauze pads, 1 or 2 roller gauzes, antibiotic ointment, scissors, and tape. Blister pads should be included. The size of the medical kit depends on the number of travelers, length of stay, and the availability of local health care. Some travelers (especially those with multinational corporations) also carry kits with suture supplies and intravenous fluids

• Epinephrine kit - If you have a history of severe bee sting reactions or severe food or drug allergies, have your doctor prescribe an emergency epinephrine self-injection kit (EpiPen). Be sure you know how to use it before you leave

• Water filtration/purification supplies

• Oral rehydration salts. A 1- liter plastic bottle is adequate for storing water or rehydration solution

• Analgesics, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol)

• Motion/sea sickness drugs, Dramamine, and Phenergan are shorter-acting agents

• Antihistamine tablets - Useful for allergic reactions and rhinitis (hay fever). Zyrtec and Claritin-D are long acting and less sedating

• Sunscreens - Broad-spectrum sunscreen, minimum SPF 30

• Insect repellent - Important when traveling to a country where insect-transmitted diseases, such as malaria or dengue, are a threat

On the go

Food and Drink Safety

• Chlorine, in doses recommended for wilderness and foreign travel, is not effective in eradicating Cryptosporidium cysts from water, and may be poorly effective in eliminating Giardia.

• Boiling is unnecessary to purify water - heating water for 2 minutes at 149F (65C) or 20 minutes at 113F (45C) will make it safe to drink. Be sure the drinking cup is clean.

• Water filtration/purification supplies may helpful

• Hand washing is an effective and underused method of reducing disease transmission-especially infectious diarrhea and respiratory illnesses.

MALARIA

• Malaria is caused by a parasite transmitted by night-biting Anopheles mosquitoes; it is the most important life-threatening, but preventable, insect-borne infection for travelers

• Since no drug is 100% effective in preventing malaria, mosquito-bite prevention is still very important. DEET-containing repellents are generally considered to be the most effective agents used to prevent mosquito bites.

• If you develop symptoms of malaria (primarily fever) after returning home, be sure to tell your health-care provider that you visited a malarious area, even if it was a year or more ago

INSECT-BITE PREVENTION

• There is no vaccine to protect you from the Zika virus. You need to prevent daytime bites from mosquitoes

• The combination of DEET applied to skin and permethrin to clothing will provide >99% protection.

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