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Things to think about before going on holiday this summer

1st July 2020

With the UK in a state of suspense over the predicted announcement regarding air bridges and a change to the restriction on foreign travels, many Brits are excitedly holding out hope for their summer holidays. And while it’s nice to have something to look forward to, there are some things you should consider before you go.

Home or away?

Right now, the advice from the Foreign Office is to avoid all but essential travel. But if that changes in the coming weeks or days, should you travel abroad? Well, it’s a very personal decision and you should take into account factors such as coronavirus infections within the country you’re hoping to travel to, travel insurance and any other associated risks.

Alternatively, there are plenty of lovely places to visit within the UK and since restaurants, pubs and hotels are due to reopen on July 4th, you might want to consider a staycation. 

Be sun safe

We’ve been experiencing record temperatures in the UK over the past few weeks so it’s important to consider sun safety whether you’ll be here or in a sunnier climate.

SPF products are designed to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays that can cause sunburn, premature ageing and certain kinds of cancer. The SPF number indicates how much longer it will protect you in the sun than if you weren’t wearing any. So if you’d normally burn in the sun after 30 minutes, then wearing SPF30 will help to stop you from burning for 15 hours!

It’s important to remember to reapply regularly though, since sun tan lotion can wear off due to sweat, clothes and water. Make sure to also protect your head by wearing a hat and try to get shade during the hottest part of the day.

Wear a face mask

Whether you go abroad or stay in the UK, you should be focussed on protecting yourself from others, as well as potentially others from yourself. Wearing a face covering in public, such as on a trip to the shops or out on a walk where there may be other people, can help to protect you and your family. We offer a variety of face masks and coverings, including children’s face masks.

Keep the bugs away

The summer is great for a lot of reasons - the flowers, the light evenings, the vitamin D. But the bugs are not so great and insect bites can be unpleasant, particularly if you’re allergic to them. Always be prepared for insect bites and stock up on Anthisan cream for quick relief if you do get bitten.

Stay hydrated

Holidays are great fun but between the activities and fun in the sun, it can be easy to forget to drink enough water. Staying hydrated is essential for a number of your bodily functions and your body needs even more water than normal when the weather is hot. Aim for at least 2 litres per day and consider adding fruit slices and ice for a refreshing treat.

If you do find yourself feeling dehydrated then Dioralyte is great for replenishing your body with the essential minerals it needs. It's especially good if you are experiencing diarrhoea or an upset stomach and can get you back to feeling better quicker.

Avoid travel sickness

Not that many people get travel sick on aeroplanes so you might not normally need to consider it. But if you’re swapping the holiday for a staycation this summer then car sickness is extremely common! Thankfully, it’s also extremely treatable and you can get effective medicine options in tablet or patch forms.

Protect against hay fever

Something else that you may not normally need to consider if you’re going abroad is hay fever. This is because a lot of popular holiday destinations are normally in coastal regions or dry places, so the pollen count is lower. But if you’re hoping to go to a rural area of the UK, for example, you may find that your hay fever kicks in again.

You can request effective hay fever medication from UK Meds. We offer a variety of tablets such as Telfast and Desloratadine, as well as targeted treatments like Optilast eye drops and Rhinolast nasal spray.

Don’t forget the hand sanitiser

Just because you’re on holiday, it doesn’t mean that coronavirus safety measures shouldn’t be followed as strictly! This pandemic is a global one and it will take a global effort for us to beat it. Continue to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, use a hand sanitiser where appropriate and maintain social distance to reduce the risk of transmission.