10 ways to stay healthy on holiday

You've been looking forward to your holiday for months, so the last thing you want is to fall ill or have an accident while you're away.

Fortunately, there are a number of easy ways you can prevent medical problems or accidents arising, so you can concentrate on the important things – relaxing and enjoying yourself.

Before you go...

  • Check with your doctor as soon as possible which vaccinations are recommended for your destination
  • Get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which entitles you to free or discounted state-provided healthcare in EU countries and Switzerland
  • If you regularly take a prescription medicine, be sure to carry sufficient supplies, for your entire trip. in your hand luggage. Keep medication in its original bottle or packaging to avoid problems at customs.

While you're away...

  • Check whether it is safe to drink local tap water. If not, stick to bottled or boiled water and avoid salads, non-peeling fruit and also ice in drinks.
  • Be safe in the sun. You might feel cool in the swimming pool or sea but you may be getting exposed to dangerous levels of UV - remember to apply sun lotion frequently.
  • Don't forget your sunglasses and ensure they provide UV protection – they protect your eyes from more than just wrinkles
  • Think before you dive – first check that the water is deep enough, especially when diving from rocks into the sea.

Know your limits and take care of yourself…

  • Drink responsibly
  • Don't take unnecessary risks, like moving from one balcony to another
  • Be wary of accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
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