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4 Aug 2016
Being on holiday is AMAZING! But getting on holiday can be quite stressful… washing, ironing, packing, remembering all the important docs, finishing work – it’s quite a list. And let’s be honest when you add in travel, different climate, different bugs, and different food – there is a lot to think about when you are on holiday as well.
Like many things in life, a little bit of planning goes a long way…
So we’ve made a list – so you don’t have to:
- Before you set foot anywhere make sure you get insured. Check policies like paid for bank accounts or house insurance – some of your policies might include travel cover, if not shop around for the best deal.
- If you are flying long-haul, then there are ways to minimise jet-lag: stay hydrated on the plane, keep alcohol to a minimum, to avoid DVT walk around at least once per hour, adjust your watch to your destination time, if possible before you leave/return start adjusting your sleep & eating patterns to closer to where you are going and in the first few days of arrival avoid napping.
- Check whether it will be safe to drink the water at your destination. When you are there avoiding tap water, ice and food washed in water such as fruit should minimise your exposure. If you do get an upset tummy, then drink plenty of water and if needed use rehydrating sachets.
- Much has been in the news about the Zika virus, but even if you are not going to an affected place, normal mosquito bites can still be nasty. When the sun goes down the biting creatures come out. Purchase a repellent before you go (ones with Deet are effective – but not suitable for everyone – check with your GP or pharmacist), and it is worthwhile having an after bite cream like Anthisan just in case. Ankles and wrists are hotspots for bites and wearing perfume (no matter how good the deal at duty free), will only attract them more.
- It is incredibly easy to get sunburnt; in the UK we are just not used to the intensity of the sun and how quickly it can happen. Walking around like a lobster or worse having sun stroke will ruin a good holiday. Pack plenty of high factor suntan lotion, and apply regularly (most people under use lotion – if used properly you will need multiple bottles for just a weeks holiday). Find some shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day, and reapply if you are sweating or swimming.
- I know it sounds boring – but the last thing is to know your ‘booze’ limits. In different climates we can be affected by alcohol more quickly. Match drinks with non-alcoholic beverages and this will also help to avoid dehydration and the dreaded hangover. 50% of adult drownings are alcohol related! Staying within limits will also help with your personal safety and judgement in unfamiliar places.
Now you are prepared – enjoy your holiday!Tweet