17th July 2014 | Author:

Summer Holiday Preparations: With TheHealthcounter


Its holiday season! Welcome to one of the best times of the year. It’s time to get on a plane and jet off to a warm, sunny holiday destination with your family. With the many perks of going on holiday, come a few setbacks too, especially if you’re travelling with young children.

1. The plane journey

It’s essential that you keep moving, to keep your body circulated – especially if you’re on a long haul flight. Stretch your arms and circle your feet and walk up and down the aisle if you’re feeling really stiff.

When you’re high in the air your body can get severely dehydrated, especially because the air on a plane is very dry. Drink plenty of water, use eye drops – do not wear contact lenses when you are flying, and bring lip balm with you to moisturise your lips.

Don’t forget to sleep! You want to wake up at the other end of your flight feeling refreshed and ready to explore new lands! Check out this Snooze On The Move Travel Kit from Opal for maximum comfort for long flights.

Keeping kids occupied on any length of a flight can be difficult, there are only so many movies they can watch before getting bored, hungry or sleepy. These Travel Magnet Games have a variety of boards which will help to keep your children occupied for a while!

Make sure you have gum or boiled sweets on you, to help unblock your ears. Speaking of ears, ear plugs are great for when you need to block out any noise.

Not everyone is blessed to not experience motion sickness and if you do, we know it’s the worst feeling in the world! For times like these, use Kwells and Kwells Kids to prevent travel sickness and nausea from taking over!

There is nothing worse than waking up from a nap and coming off a plane with bad breathe, this breathe freshening spray will leave your mouth feeling clean and fresh!

2. Sun

One of the best things about going on holiday, is coming back with a fab tan that everyone comments on, and is desperately jealous for! We agree! But your skins safety comes first.

Make sure you and your entire family are covered from head to toe in UV protect sun cream, like this Ambre Solaire UV Sensitive SPF 50+ sun cream, especially on extremely sunny days and when you have most contact with the sun.

Protecting your children is very important, especially from harmful sun rays. Slather them up with Ambre Solaire Resisto Kids Very High Protection Lotion SPF 50, and you can relax knowing your children are suitable protected against UVA and UVB rays.

To keep your skin moisturised after a long day in the sun, this La Roche Posay Posthelios lotion is an ideal After Sun for your family.

It’s recommended that you avoid the sun entirely especially when it is at its hottest between 11am and 3pm. Why not sit in some shade and carry on reading your book, or have a siesta! If you have plans during the day, make sure everyone has a hat and that you are carrying plenty of sun cream!

3. Hydration 

As you may know, our body is made up of 60% water. So it is essential that you replace all water that may leave your body if you are :

  • Excessively sweating
  • In hot weather conditions
  • Urinate frequently or
  • If you are very active.

We recommend that you always carry O.R.S – Oral Rehydration Salts with you whenever you travel. In cases where anyone in your family is dehydrated, this product is ideal to replace any lost nutrients and has a unique formulation which includes glucose, minerals and electrolytes, and is suitable for vegans, vegetarians and children. The Blackcurrant flavour is our favourite, and it tastes great too!

Always make sure when you’re out and about you regularly pick up cold, bottled water to keep on you, and to drink!

4. Illnesses

Travellers Diarrhoea is one of the most common illnesses faced when abroad. This is usually caused when you eat or drink contaminated food or water, when food hasn’t been heated well enough, or if it has been left out in the open it can become contaminated. Diarrhoea can cause dehydration, so it is best to keep bottled water on your person at all times! Imodium can provide you with effective relief from diarrhoea with just one dose, so you can carry on enjoying your holiday!

If you are going to a tropical or sub-tropical country which is affected by Malaria, you can get your Malaria Tablets in our Online Doctors section. You need to protect yourself and your family from this sometimes life threatening disease with Malaria prevention tablets.

For unexpected fevers, coughs, colds and flu :

Calpol Infant Suspension Sugarfree - for 2m+

Calpol SixPlus Fastmelts - provides fast action relief for children, if you’re on the go.

Nuromol Double Action Tablets - For a combined pain-relief treatment using both Paracetamol and Ibuprofen.

5. Bugs and Insects

Avoid getting bitten by not to going to areas which are highly infested with biting insects. If you already have plans, cover yourself and your family with insect repellent which contains a high DEET formula. Jungle Formula is a great, high strength repellent which we recommend, it is approved for using to carry abroad where infected mosquitos are a risk to spreading Malaria. Wear loose clothing in the evening, as mosquitos have no problem biting you through tight fitting clothes!

For maximum protection at night time, sleep underneath a mosquito neck – but make sure to use Jungle Formula at night, just in case a mosquito manages to sneak through the net!

Now you’re all set and prepared for your holiday!

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