Travel tips: How to ensure a sickness-free holiday this summer

avoiding sickness on holiday

As more cases of E. coli are reported across the UK, families have been offered tips on how to prevent illnesses whilst holidaying this summer.

Travel experts at have urged travellers to be mindful of what they eat and drink and pack a health kit for all eventualities before jetting off.

Whether exploring bustling cities, relaxing on a sandy beach, or hiking through scenic mountains, staying healthy is crucial to making the most of a well-deserved trip.

Simple practices such as frequent handwashing and staying hydrated can go a long way in keeping common illnesses at bay, wherever you are in the world.

A spokesperson for Stress Free Car Rental said: “Staying healthy while travelling is all about preparation and mindfulness.

“From smart hydration strategies to essential vaccinations, these practical tips will ensure travel memories are filled with joy and adventure, rather than health woes.”

Here are seven tips for ensuring a sickness-free holiday:

  1. Stay hydrated

Dehydration can lead to various health issues, including headaches, dizziness, and digestive problems. Staying hydrated helps maintain overall health and energy levels, particularly when you’re on the go. Carry a reusable water bottle and refill it with safe drinking water. Also try to avoid excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeinated beverages, as they can lead to dehydration.

  1. Wash hands frequently

Handwashing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs and infections. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after using the bathroom, and after being in crowded places. Use hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available.

  1. Eat and drink carefully

Foodborne illnesses are a common issue for travellers as contaminated food and drink can cause stomach infections and other serious health problems. Try to eat at reputable restaurants and avoid street food unless you’re happy that it’s clean and freshly cooked. Be cautious with salads, raw fruits, and vegetables unless they are washed in clean water or peeled. Drink bottled or purified water and avoid ice cubes unless made from water that you know is safe.

  1. Get enough rest

Adequate sleep is crucial for a healthy immune system, and a lack of sleep can make you more susceptible to illness. You should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Create a comfortable sleep environment, and try to maintain a regular sleep schedule even while travelling.

  1. Protect yourself from sun

Sunburn can cause skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer. It can also lead to dehydration and heatstroke, which can make you really unwell. Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30, wear protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses, and seek shade during peak sun hours (10 AM to 4 PM) as much as possible

  1. Vaccinations

Vaccinations can protect you from diseases that are prevalent in certain regions and are not common in your home country, for example rabies, typhoid and yellow fever. Consult your healthcare provider about necessary vaccinations well before your trip. Remember to carry a copy of your vaccination records with you when you travel.

  1. Pack a travel health kit

Having a travel health kit ensures you are prepared for minor health issues and emergencies whilst you’re away. It should Include items like pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, antihistamines, bandages, antiseptic wipes, and any prescription medications you need.

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