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Health Essentials For Happy Holidays

Going on a holiday is a great way to relax and recharge your batteries. Holidays can be restorative, but if you were to find yourself hurt or ill during your trip, it could soon turn into a nightmare. To ensure a safe and healthy holiday, this list of essentials could be what you need to make sure you’re prepared for anything.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is an absolute essential when going away. Travel insurance ensures you’re covered against various possibilities including lost luggage, theft and any medical treatment you may need to receive while you’re away. It’s worth reading up on how to choose the right travel insurance so that you can pick the right policy for you. Travel insurance is a small expense to pay versus what you could be paying if something were to happen. Having an annual policy may be the best thing for you if you travel often, and can work out cheaper than buying multiple policies.

First aid kit

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Having some supplies of the usual items you’d have at home can avoid those panicked trips to find a local pharmacy while you’re away. Pack a small kit that contains some plasters and dressings, antibacterial wipes, medication and some treatments for bites/sunburn. If you avoid liquids over 100ml, you can put these in your carry on luggage in case something should happen to your hold suitcase. If you’re not sure of what to include, the NHS Choices website has an excellent list of what to pack for your travel first aid kit.  Always check your first aid kit before setting off on holiday and make sure you restock any items that you use up. Learning CPR is always a handy skill to have – especially when you’re thinking of heading to the beach with your family. It takes seconds for someone to lose consciousness due to lack of oxygen in the ocean. You can gain certification from Scarborough first aid training to ensure you’ll know what to do if the situation ever arises.


Before you book your holiday, you should check which, if any, vaccinations are required before you travel. Last-minute holidays to exotic destinations may seem like a great bargain but if you are leaving it too close to get the right vaccinations, it may not be worth the risk. If you struggle to get an appointment with your GP, you should try services like samedaydoctor who could give you an appointment the same day to get the vaccinations you need. Research your destination carefully and make sure that you and all the family are up to date with your vaccinations.

Sun protection

It’s a given that you’ll need sun protection during your holiday abroad. Many people, however, still fail to use the right sun protection which can cause many problems. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and if you’re not 100% sure how to protect yourself and others properly – this useful advice from Cancer Research UK could help. While sunburn is a clear consequence of wearing the wrong level of sun protection, you could also have to deal with premature aging and even skin cancer. Provided you tan safely, there’s no reason why you can’t return from your travels with a gorgeous glow, that can be maintained by following steps to keep your tan looking healthy for longer.

Holidays should be a fun time for all the family. Make sure you have the best trip away by being prepared with your health essentials to stay happy and healthy during your travels.