Healthy holidays for the whole family

January 16, 2019Mandi Morrison

Family holidays are a time to enjoy life and have fun; and getting sick could ruin the experience. A recent survey revealed that around 3% of people who go out on holidays fall ill in the first couple days. Being sick is not fun, and it can ruin your plans, be it for a short break or longer time off. By taking the right precautions, you can prevent most illnesses during your vacation time. Here are some key tips.

Pay attention to nutrition and hydration
Eating well while travelling can be tricky, especially with small children that might get picky with food, particularly local food they don’t know. In some extreme cases, someone in the family might get an upset tummy simply because they have eaten something perfectly safe, but they’re not used to it so their system has a hard time processing it. (This counts for water, too.)
Being on holiday can make you change your eating habits and even skip a meal or two, which is why it’s important to take essential vitamins and other supplements with you. However, always make sure the supplements you take are all natural and toxin-free. Natural vitamins and supplements will boost your immune system and make you less prone to potential diseases. This way, your family can enjoy a long, disease-free holiday.

Stay safe with your food
If you make your own food while you travel, make sure you follow all safety standards, especially if you are camping or cooking anywhere but in a fully assorted kitchen. Wash your hands and utensils before and after cooking, keep a close eye on the refrigeration of items that need cold, and cook meat thoroughly to kill bacteria.

Get enough sleep every night
Travelling can be exciting, and it might keep you up at night, even if you wake up early every morning to go on a trip. You have to mind the sleep quantity and quality of your family, especially since some people have a difficult time resting in a bed other than their own. Poor sleep may lead to accidents, particularly if you have to drive your family around or in a long trip to a distant destination, and also may weaken your immune system according to the NHS. Sleeping will help your bodies recover from the unusual effort they’re being subjected to, so they’ll be strong and healthy all week round!

Don’t forget what holidays are all about
People are often so busy and hectic with their daily lives that they rush into holidays and schedule a million activities without much regard towards health and rest. But never forget that the holidays are all about taking a break, taking it easy, and sharing more time with your family.

Now working as a researcher and writer, Jackie started her career in the tourism industry, and was lucky to travel the world but after becoming a mom refocused and decided to spend more time with her family. When she’s not writing, she volunteers for a number of local mental health charities and also has a menagerie of pets to look after.

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