It can be easy to forget about staying healthy while abroad, but it is vitally important to be aware of the risks to your health before, during and after your holiday. I have compiled a list of ten health tips for you to consider before travelling.
1. Apply for an EHIC card.
If you are travelling to Europe, the EHIC card allows you to receive medical care free of charge while you are on holiday. You can apply for one easily from the NHS website.
2. Research vaccinations.
Depending on your destination, you may need vaccinations before you travel. Speak to your GP if you are unsure about any vaccinations or medication you need to take prior to going away.
3. Take out travel and health insurance.
Your credit card or an independent insurer can offer you travel health insurance, and package holiday providers are often able to offer deals when you book through them. These can be beneficial as unexpected accidents or losses can ruin your trip.
4. Stock up on medication.
If you’re already taking medication, it is important to make sure you have enough for the duration of your stay. You should also pack a small first aid kit and general medication you may need.
5. Prevent deep vein thrombosis.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can affect those who are flying for long periods of time. There are various ways to reduce the risk of developing DVT, including easy exercises you can do during your flight.
Exercise is always important for staying healthy. Water sports and swimming, volleyball on the beach and walks through your resort are all ways you can enjoy exercising on holiday. Many hotels also have gym facilities you can use.
7. Eat well.
Eating well is important at all times but many people disregard this while on holiday. Remember that treating yourself is an enjoyable part of your trip but you don’t have to reach for the dessert menu with every meal.
8. Be aware of your alcohol intake.
Most people drink alcohol while on holiday but you should be aware that many countries do not have strict regulations on measures. Be aware of the amount of alcohol in your drinks and how much you are consuming as binge drinking can have a detrimental effect on your health.
9. Stay hydrated.
This is vitally important during your flight and if you are travelling to a hot country. Symptoms of dehydration include dizziness, feeling tired, a dry mouth and headaches. Make sure you are drinking enough fluids or dehydration can lead to heat exhaustion.
10. Use sunscreen.
If you are travelling to a hot country, you need to use sunscreen every day to protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays. An SPF of 15 or higher is recommended for full protection and remember to reapply every few hours.
Following these tips will help you stay healthy while on holiday as well as before and after you travel. Preparation is key and being aware of what your body needs is vital for your health and well-being at all times.
Kayleigh Crispin is a travel writer who specialises in creative website content, compelling articles and magical stories. She writes from whichever country she finds herself in but can always be contacted via email or LinkedIn. This is a collaborative post.