Wherever you’re heading this summer, staying healthy is key to a happy holiday. We asked Boots Pharmacist, Angela Chalmers, to share her top tips for keeping fighting fit this summer. And we’ve got a Boots health hamper to give away, too…
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Holiday Health Tips
1. Get vaccination savvy
We would always advise that you check which vaccinations and tablets you’ll need at least 4 weeks before you fly. While your GP can provide most travel vaccinations, not all are available on the NHS. If you’re in need of a jab, you can visit 1 of 2,300 Boots stores across the UK which offer the vaccinations service – so it’s really easy to get protected. And if you find yourself jetting-off on a last-minute escape, help is at hand. Over 180 Boots stores offer the Travel Vaccinations and Health Advice Service, so you can be prepared – even at the last minute.
2. Get hygiene happy
Research has shown that once our body relaxes, it stops producing as much adrenaline, meaning we’re more susceptible to getting run down. From sniffly fellow passengers, to drinking different water, or trying new exotic foods – all can lower our immune system. Remove any unnecessary germs on your journey by washing your hands when possible. You can easily keep the germs at bay on the move with the Boots Advanced First Aid Anti-Viral Hand Foam, £5.19. It’s proven to kill 99.9% of a wide range of viruses and bacteria.
Lots of people experience travel sickness when travelling by plane or boat, but there are ways to beat it. When it hits, try focusing your vision on a single sturdy object, and breathing slowly. If that doesn’t work, it’s good to have a backup plan. Give motion sickness relief wristbands a go – they gently apply pressure to the acupressure point on wrists. Or, try Boots Motion Sickness Tablets, £2.89 (active ingredient Cinnarizine 15 mg, always read the label), which are suitable for anyone over five and can be sucked, chewed or swallowed to ease the queasiness.
4. Stock up on insect repellent
It’s a myth that buying insect repellent at your destination will provide better protection. Get your insect repellent from a trusted pharmacy before you travel – that way, you can be sure it’s been tested and manufactured to meet the highest quality standards. It also means can protect yourself from the minute you land. Try a repellent with 50% DEET, like Boots Repel Tropical Strength Insect Repellent Spray (125ml), £7.29, which is suitable for areas with a higher risk of malaria, and other insect-transmitted diseases.
After spending a long day in the sun, we can all become susceptible to heatstroke. Try a facial mist, such as Boots Hot Weather Cooling Spray (150ml), £4.19, which is a great option to cool, soothe and refresh your skin. Why not try an after-sun spray, too? It’ll help re-moisturise your skin.
6. Stay safe from Malaria
Don’t think that if you haven’t been bitten on holiday, you can stop taking malaria tablets once you’re home. While most people can see and feel if they have been bitten, for some, the bites might not be itchy or visible to the naked eye. Malaria-causing parasites mature in the bloodstream over time, so it’s important to finish the course of malaria medication.