Heading off on holiday? Whether you plan to lie on the beach all day, or explore an exciting new city, prepare for any eventuality with the health checked packing list!
Airports, airplanes, public transport and hotels etc. can be breeding zones for germs. This isn’t because they’re not clean, but more because there’s always such a large volume of people in and going through them!
It goes without saying that washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to kill germs, but, you might not always be near a water source when you are out and about on holiday. Pack a hand sanitiser that will help keep germs at bay.
It might not be the number one priority, but packing fitness clothing is always a good idea. When you get up and workout on holiday, you’ll have way more energy to explore. Plus, you will come back feeling great and in shape – rather then exhausted and heavy like most of us usually do.
It’s important to check your prescriptions are up to date and that you have enough medicine to last you the trip. It is always worth taking extra with you in case your flight is delayed on the way home.
It may also be useful to take a separate list of your medications with you, and to bring basics with you, just as painkillers etc. If you know you’re prone to heartburn, for example, bring some heartburn relief tablets with you. This can save you discomfort and time trying to find specific medications while you’re away – which you would probably pay a premium for!
Whether your destination is sunny or not, if you will be spending any time outdoors on your holiday, pack and use sunscreen to protect your skin. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can penetrate through even a cloudy sky, and without applying sunscreen for protection you will increase your risk of sunburn, wrinkles and skin cancer.
It’s important to remember that your skin can be harmed by sun exposure, whether or not you see a burn.
Always be prepared
It’s very, very important to check your travel and health insurance is up to date before you travel. Find country-specific advice at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and have a chat with your doctor before you fly if you have any concerns.
Holidays can be really easily ruined if you fall ill and have no protection!