At this time of year, minds turn to that all-important getaway! The allure of the beach or that bolt-hole in the middle of nowhere presents the opportunity to recharge those batteries and leave all your stresses behind. However, before you close the front door behind you, it is important to think about making sure that the essentials we often take for granted, are not only considered but understood. Too many holidaymakers fail to get these points right, often leading to difficult or dire consequences!
There are 5 principal areas which I think are absolutely essential to get right. They are often reduced to last minute purchases, which may not deliver the quality or safety you or your family deserve. Here are my top 5 holiday-prep essentials:
Suncream! I can see it now, you have forgotten to get this essential protection and so you grab a couple of bottles at the airport! You may buy the cheapest or indeed the most expensive, but is it any good? You should always remember that just because you put the cream on, it doesn’t offer total protection unless you buy the right product and follow the application guide. When buying suncream always make sure that it offers ‘Broad Spectrum’ Protection; you need to make sure that it protects you from the UVA & UVB rays. UVB is the most dangerous because exposure to these rays provides a higher risk from sunburn and cancers; UVA contributes to cancers and also ageing of the skin. You should aim for a ‘Sun Protection Factor’ (SPF) of 30 or higher and read carefully what they mean by ‘water resistant’ or ‘waterproof’; this is particularly important if you are travelling with children!
Sunglasses. We all like to look cool but at what cost? Did you realise that if you do not protect your eyes from the harsh sunlight, you could potentially suffer with sunburn of the eye, ‘snow-blindness’, conjunctivitis or even retinal damage? The same rule that applies with suncream also applies to glasses; UVA & UVB rays can cause eye problems. If you already have pre-existing eye problems, you should take extra care to make sure that they are protected! Always look for glasses that state that they offer ’99 – 100%’ protection from these harmful rays. The best advice is to where you can, buy your sunglasses from an optician. Look out for polarised or reflective lenses; mirrored coating is another option. Choices also extend to gradient or photochromic lenses – these latter lenses change colour according to the light conditions. You only have one pair of eyes; protect them!
Mosquitoes. Even if you are holidaying in the UK, you will not escape these little pests! Apart from discomfort, stings could potentially introduce you to malaria, dengue fever, chickungunya, zika and yellow fever illnesses. The dangers of malaria tend to arise from bites during the dusk to dawn periods, whereas other infections are generally spread throughout the day. The PHE Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention recommends …
Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Lifestyle