Your guide to staying healthy and safe on holiday

Being on holiday is amazing – but being sick on holiday? Total pants. I mean being unwell is never fun, obviously, but feeling rough while you’re away from all your creature comforts of home just makes everything feel worse. And kids do seem to have a tendency to get sick at the least convenient time, don’t they?
So we’ve put together some hints and tips on how with a little forethought you can keep your health in check during your trip.

Don’t forget to pack your medicines

To make sure you’re suitably prepared to deal with anything from a headache, to heat rash, to small cuts and scrapes, it’s vital that you don’t forget to pack some must-have medical supplies. While you hopefully won’t need to use them, you might find it useful to take products such as paracetamol, plasters and soothing ointments with you just in case. Also, make sure you don’t forget to include any medications you take regularly, such as contraceptives.

It’s important to consider the bigger health risks too. Depending on which country you’ll be visiting, you may need to take extra care to ensure you’re protected from certain infections and diseases. For example, malaria is a common disease that’s found in over 100 countries, including areas such as South America and Africa. The good news is, there are effective treatments you can use to prevent you from contracting malaria, such as Doxycycline. This medicine is a course of tablets that must be taken each day you’re away, starting two days before you arrive and finishing four weeks after you leave. You can access Doxycycline from Online Doctor Lloyds Pharmacy or you can get a prescription from your GP.


Take sun safety seriously

It’s no secret how harmful the sun’s ray can be. Too much exposure can badly damage your skin and put your health at risk, so it’s crucial that you look after yourself when you’re basking in the sunshine. Ideally, you should use a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor regularly throughout the day, making sure to reapply it after you go for a dip in the water. It’s also a good idea to cover up when you can or opt to sit in the shade when the sun is at its hottest.


Be aware of food hygiene

Although you may be excited to indulge in some local delicacies on your trip, it’s important that you’re aware of food hygiene. Especially in countries where sanitation is poor, it’s vital that you’re careful when it comes to mealtimes. For example, you should aim to eat food that has been cooked thoroughly, avoiding anything that is raw. If you can, try and eat in places that have a good reputation for serving safe food.


Drink plenty of water

Drinking plenty of water is essential, especially while you’re on holiday. Failing to get your daily intake can have a huge impact on your body, leading to dehydration which can leave you feeling tired, thirsty and lightheaded, and you may experience a dry mouth and have dark coloured urine. So, to keep your health in check, it’s important that you drink up.

If you’re careful to take care proper care of yourself during your trip, you should stand to have a fun-filled, carefree holiday.

Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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