When planning a family holiday, there is so much to consider, from which bucket list destination you are going to go to, to what activities you can plan that will keep everyone happy from Grandma to the baby!
One thing that is always important as a parent is keeping your family healthy, and this is just as important when you are on holiday too. Here are five tips to help you keep your whole family healthy while on holiday.
When you are on holiday, it can be easy to fall into the trap of doing nothing but laying on a beach all day, but there are so many other activities you can do to keep active and have a great time. For example, you could take part in hikes, water sports or even something more daring like bungee jumping. Be sure that these activities are suitable for everyone in your party, of course, otherwise, it could backfire dramatically! At the very least, a little walk around will do you all good and you will get to see the sites too.
Stay sun safe
One of the most dangerous things on holiday is the sun — which is likely to be one of the reasons you have chosen a specific destination! As long as you look after your skin and protect yourselves you can have a lot of fun in the sun but keep everyone healthy. Make sure you spend plenty of time in the shade, especially when the sun is at its highest. Ensure that everyone is wearing appropriate levels of sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. Do not risk burning!
Think about your food
You don’t want to become unwell when you’re on holiday so make sure you check your food! Avoid meat that looks undercooked, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if something doesn’t seem quite right. It’s great to try new cuisines when on holiday, but ensure you are eating somewhere clean and safe, just like you would at home!
You don’t want to be too strict on holiday, especially as the idea is to enjoy yourself, but you also don’t want to indulge constantly for no reason other than “we’re on holiday!”. For example, if you’re going to indulge in a big breakfast, make the choice to walk rather than take the bus to the day’s adventure. You’ll barely notice the walk as the scenery is likely to be pretty exciting, and you won’t feel too sluggish.
Check the water
Before you grab a glass of tap water, do your research to check whether the water is safe for tourists to drink! If the guidebooks advise that you drink only bottled water for your stay, remember that you also need to avoid ice cubes in your fizzy drinks and salad in restaurants as they both may be made using tap water. Locals will likely be used to this and won’t think your requests too bizarre but even so, it’s a small price to pay to stop anyone in your family getting sick.
A healthy holiday is a happy holiday! Keep yourself sickness free, and keep up healthy eating and exercise habits to make your holiday one to remember for all the right reasons.
Have you got any other top tips for keeping a whole family healthy on a holiday? Please feel free to leave them in the comments.
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