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Prep for Paradise: Your Healthy Holiday Guide

Summer is officially in full-swing and we’re all looking forward to the holidays! Whether you’re hiking in the Himalayas or soaking up the sun in Spain, GPDQ has some travel tips that will make sure this summer is the best one yet.

Preparing for Holiday Heaven

1. Vaccines

About 4-6 weeks before departure, check the jabs you need, where you can get them and the cost, so no one misses out on the best nasi goreng Bankok has to offer. Take a copy of your immunization record on your trip.

2. Travel Insurance

Know what type of healthcare system your destination country has and look for different travel insurances packages. Remember the financial benefits and peace of mind! Don’t forget to bring your insurance ID card with you and know the local emergency numbers at your destination.

3. Medication

If you are on any medication, make sure you have enough supply for the entire trip. Keep your medication in your carry-on and bring documentation of any chronic illness or recent major surgery.

4. Sun Protection

Regardless of how “healthy” a fresh tan looks, neglecting the sun cream isn’t healthy at all. Sun cream, hats and sunglasses are important for the whole family to pack.

5. Easy on the Alcohol

Drinking will further dehydrate you on a long flight and, though you may seemingly get to sleep, the quality of the rest will be poor.

While in Paradise

1. Skin Care

In the event that you do get burned, cool your skin with cold water or compresses, drink plenty of fluids, and apply water-based emollient, petroleum jelly or aloe vera to the area to retain moisture.

2. Water

Dehydration can cause fatigue, foggy memory, irritability and anxiety. Make sure you are hydrated with clean, potable water. When potable water is unavailable, use bottled water. You can also drink tap water vigorously boiled or purified with iodine tincture solution.

3. Get Moving!

Whether it be a long walk on the beach, a snorkelling session or a renting bikes on the boardwalk, even 30 minutes per day can keep you healthy and happy throughout your trip.

4. Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Travelling can dehydrate and throw you off balance. Stay on track with your daily servings of 5 fruits and veggies to keep your intestines regular, your levels of antioxidants and vitamins high and your system hydrated. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but in some places raw fruits and veggies may be unsafe to eat unless you peel them.

5. Wash Your Hands

Travelling in close quarters and being in a new place with new germs can leave your body more susceptible to falling ill. 60% of airplane food trays carry yucky bacteria called MRSA, so wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap to keep yourself in tip-top shape.

6. Road Safety

Motor vehicle-related incidents are the most common cause of traveller injury and death. If you are driving, leave plenty of time in the event that you get lost on unfamiliar roads and so that you do not speed. If you are moving around with public transport, be hyper-aware of your surroundings while using your common sense and intuition.