Pickle says… You’ve saved all year for your family holiday of your dreams, your passports are ready, you have booked the hire car, packed loads more than you will actually wear and swapped your pounds for Euros. You even manage to get to the airport without getting lost, find the long stay parking ok and actually have plenty of time! So now you are all sorted, make sure you follow our tips on how to have a happy, healthy holiday.
We have teamed up with Dioralyte to bring you you some top tips for this summer. Whether you’re staycationing in the UK this year, as we are, or jetting off to sunnier places, it’s vitally important for you and your family to stay safe, hydrated, healthy and happy.
Hopefully you will have plenty of sunshine, but remember that spending long periods of time in the sun can lead to dehydration.
Dehydration happens when your body loses more fluid than it takes in.
The climate, amount of physical exercise you do and diet can all contribute to dehydration.
Symptoms include dizziness or light-headedness, tiredness, dry mouth or lips and passing small amounts of urine infrequently – this is your body’s way of trying to increase water intake and decrease water loss.
If you think you might be dehydrated, then it is super important to drink plenty of fluids such as water or diluted squash to rehydrate the body. An oral rehydration sachet is also a good way to replace lost sugar and salts to help re-balance your body fluids.
There are some very simple steps you can take to ensure you and your family have a happy, healthy holiday:
BE SUN SAFE
Even if you are staying in the UK, our temperatures can reach over 23°C . If you’re holidaying somewhere like Greece then daytime temperatures can reach a sweltering 40°C. Too much exposure to the sun can lead to heat exhaustion which can cause headaches, nausea, sickness, muscle cramps and even a decrease in blood pressure. If left untreated, more severe symptoms of heatstroke can develop, including confusion,
disorientations, fits and loss of consciousness.
To reduce the risk of heatstroke, simple measures can be taken to reduce the chances. Keep clothing loose-fitting and light, aim to drink four pints of fluid each day as a minimum and avoid foods which cause sweating such as curries.
ALL AT SEA
People often forget that even when they’re swimming or snorkelling, they’re still at risk of sunburn.
While sunburn is often short-lived, it’s important to avoid it, because it can increase your chances of
developing serious health problems, such as skin cancer, in later life 6 .
Dr Roger Henderson says, ‘Some people still underestimate how strong the sun is and don’t realised
that they are getting burnt until it’s too late. It’s important to always apply a high factor sunscreen
before going out in the sun, wearing a rash vest or T-shirt in the water is also a good way to avoid
your back getting burnt and a wide brim hat that shields the face while sitting out in the sun. If you do
suffer from sunburn, then make sure you drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and have a cold
shower or bath to try and cool the skin down.
Sightseeing in the hot midday sun can not only lead to heated family arguments, it can also take its
toll on your body. Drink plenty of fluids, eat lots of fresh fruit and cover up with a long sleeved top and
wide brimmed hat.
ON THE ROAD
We take lots of road trips together, and every year travel all over the UK and over to France. Motion
sickness be a nightmare on long car journeys and is believed to affect 20 million Britons, with symptoms including dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
If you suffer from motion sickness then it’s a good idea to try and sit in the front of the car so that you can fix your eyes on the horizon. Relaxing by listening to music and staying calm can help symptoms to pass, as well as having the windows open for lots of fresh air.
SEEK SOME SHADE
Sunburn doesn’t just happen when you’re on holiday. In the UK, the sun is at its strongest between
March and October, especially from 11am to 3pm. Seek shade during the hottest part of the day and
when you are in the sun, reapply sunscreen regularly and drink plenty of fluids. Wear a hat, and keep babies and young children out of the sun completely.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
You’re on holiday, which probably means you’ll be eating out a lot. But how can you be sure that your food hasn’t been sat out in the sun for hours on end? Food poisoning can occur when food isn’t stored properly and is subjected to warm temperatures. Symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, as well as stomach
cramps and diarrhoea, which is enough to ruin anyone’s holiday! Biggest sis MiMi suffered terrible food poisoning when on holiday in Laos earlier this year – she had to delay her flight home as she was so poorly.
Diarrhoea caused by food poisoning is a very common, it is so importnat to remember the basics such as always washing your hands, Poorly cooked or uncooked food is also a risk factor as is the incorrect storing of foods. Food poisoning should pass after 48 hours, but it’s important to rest and avoid becoming dehydrated. If you are suffering from acute diarrhoea, then an anti-diarrhoeal medication can help to stop the symptoms quite quickly.
So wherever you’re holidaying this year, we do hope you have a happy, healthy holiday!