You might think your swimwear andsunglasses are the only holiday essentialsyou need.

Whilst they are no doubt essential, maybe think a little past them. You want to enjoyyour holiday.

After all it’s a little time away from your normal life. From the stresses and strains of work.

A chance to just relax in the sun. But, to really get the most out of it you need to look after yourself. There’s nothing worse than feeling ill on holiday.

Take a look at our holiday health essentials and make sure you pack them.


Being careful in the sun is a must.

Make sure you pack a high factor sun cream for the first few days. Remember to ease yourself in to time in the sun.

Hats are important as is a little time in the shade. If you have kids with you choose cream with a factor of at least SPF30 – 40.

If you find yourself suffering from sunburn use an aloe vera gel to soothe your skin.

Insect bites

Most of us suffer from insect bites whilst on holiday. The bites can often get red, sore and itchy. Make sure you pack an insect repellent with you and some cream to treat it in case you do get bitten.

Colds and flu

It sounds weird doesn’t it? Getting a cold on holiday. It’s always something we associate with cold weather, but in reality colds occur whenever exposed to germs. Often on holiday as we start to unwind and relax, it can creep up on you. Illness whilst abroad can be awful, so make sure you pack sufficientnasal decongestant and paracetamol.

Stomach upsets

This is the biggest problem for holidaymakers, with a high percentage of people suffering from stomach troubles when abroad. For the kids, make sure you have rehydration powders on hand, as well as some over the counter medicines for the adults.


It all depends on where you go, but if you’re heading a little further afield on holiday you may need a variety of inoculations. The best way to find out what you need (if any) is to pay a visit to the nurse at your GP surgery. They can advise you depending upon your travel plans and then provide you with a course of inoculations if need be.


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