If you're heading to a small'ish town for the holidays, then it's a good idea to make note of emergency contacts in the area you'll be in, just in case you need a GP for anything from tubby bugs to jellyfish stings.
I must be honest and say that I have never once considered emergency contacts when I travel, nor have I ever had a first-aid kit nearby, but a press release and info pack from Essential Med shifted me to more responsible parenting.
Thanks to their On Call phone directory, I'm covered for my Eastern Cape getaway this month. It's a phone directory of local GPs, chemists and private hospitals in holiday hotspots such as Mossel Bay and Knysna, Hartenbos, PE, Margate and Ballito, Eastern Cape, Hermanus and Strand.
Re my first aid kit, I got one stocked by First Aid Counts, after I did a course through them. I'm not an expert, but I've seen a lot of kits that have bandages and swabs, and not a whole lot else. Ensure it has everything you might need in an emergency, such as Burn Shield, tweezers, and insect-bite cream, to name a few.
To download a card, click here.