When you’re going away on holiday the last thing you want to think about is becoming ill or something happening. You want to be thinking about fun in the sun and laughter, and of course, this is what you should be striving for, but it’s equally as important to have a few precautions stored in the back of your mind, to prevent the unfortunate things happening.
Don’t get stressed out
Stress is a pre-curser to worse health problems, so cut it out as much as possible. Pre-holiday can be a stressful time, so try and find ways to cut it out, such as looking at how you get to the airport and avoiding the need for blood pressure-defying public transport! I always find trains and coaches stress me right out, so I opt for driving instead and book my parking space at the airport through ParkBCP. I save money too, which is always a bonus! I received a fantastic quote for parking at Leeds Bradford Airport recently, proving this isn’t just a large airport kind of deal. Check it out for yourself.
Don’t forget your immunisations
Always check with your GP ahead of time whether you need any extra immunisations for your particular destination, and if you do need them, make sure you have them! At the same time, check whether your regular immunisations are up to date too.
Don’t forget your repeat prescriptions
If you have regular medications, make sure you have enough to last you for the time you’re away and always store them in the labelled boxes, inside your hand luggage.
Don’t drink the water
Always drink bottled water, not tapped water whilst you’re away. If you drink the tap water you could find yourself with a rather unpleasant stomach upset, and that’s the last thing you need on holiday. Be careful of salads and fruit washed in tap water, as well as ice, but generally in large tourist resorts everything is done with bottled water, so it’s just something to be aware of.
Don’t overdo the sun
Remember that the sun may be nice and warm, but it’s damaging to our skin. Make sure you wear high factor sun-cream, drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun during peak hours, and always wear a hat, no matter how unfashionable you think you may look!
Don’t forget your compression stockings
If you are at all at risk of DVT, which you should be discussing with your GP, then make sure you wear compression stockings during the flight. You can hide them under trousers or a long skirt, so don’t be worrying about how they will look – what they do is more important!
Don’t forget to be alcohol aware
You’re on holiday so of course you’re going to have a few drinks, but do remember that measures abroad can be stronger than what you’re used to back home, so keep an eye on what you’re drinking and how you’re feeling. Don’t overdo it!
Staying healthy on holiday is as easy as using your common sense, and of course that includes making sure you’re adequately insured whilst you’re away too – don’t forget travel insurance!