Looking forward to your holiday? If you’ve booked the vacation of a lifetime, planned it all down to the last detail and have spent an extortionate amount of money in the process, then all you have to do is countdown until you can step onto that plane and reach your destination.
But, the last thing many travellers expect is to fall ill whilst on holiday. To get injured or get sick. A bad meal? Questionable tap water? There are lots of different ways you could get sick or even contract a serious illness whilst on holiday, which is why I've compiled 4 tips to help you avoid getting sick on holiday. Check them out below.
Wash your hands
We're all pretty familiar with washing our hands after using the bathroom and before we sit down to eat. But whilst you're away from home and visiting a foreign country, you need to step it up a gear. Hand hygiene is incredibly important if you want to stop the spread of pathogens like E. coli and salmonella. Two nasties that could definitely ruin your holiday. Make sure you're washing your hands after handling money, before you eat, and after touching public things such as handrails, door handles and the back of bus seats. Consider taking a travel bottle of hand sanitiser out with you.
Stick to bottled water
How pure is the water at your destination? If you're unsure or you know that the quality is questionable, you should only drink bottled water. And make sure that the seal is in-tact when you purchase it. Plastic bottles are bad for the environment, so if you're worried about your impact on the planet, invest in a refillable water bottle and some water purifying tablets or a bottle with a built-in filter.
Stay safe in the sun
Heat, sun, sea and sand is what it’s all about. However, if you’re not used to hot climates then you should take extra precautions. Always wear a sun hat, sunglasses, sun cream, sunglasses and keep yourself hydrated if you want to avoid getting sunburn or heatstroke.
Be food wary
Street food and local restaurants are all part of the experience but exercise caution. Only stick with places that have good reviews and good hygiene practices. Ensure that every meal you eat is piping hot and cooked. Watch how food is prepared. Is the vendor washing their hands? Are they wearing gloves? Be vigilant.