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Healthy Holidays Are Happy Holidays!

With the holidays not far off, it’s almost time for some fun in the sun with your family. Being out and about on vacation means it’s even more important to look after yourself and your loved ones. So, please read our guide to staying healthy this holiday and don’t let illnesses spoil your family’s vacation.

How to keep your family healthy this holiday:

  • Drink plenty of water to stay cool and hydrated

Staying hydrated is vital to your family’s health during the holiday and if they are out in the sun, but take care to only drink clean and purified water. Give your children their own bottle of water to take with them if they go out to play, this should stop them from drinking any unhygienic water along the way.[i]

  • Be careful about what you eat

During the  heat we see a rise in cases of food poisoning and foodborne illness. It’s important to take some precautions so that food poisoning doesn’t spoil your vacation. If you are eating out whilst on holiday, carry a bottle of Dettol Instant Hand Sanitiser with you to make sure your hands are thoroughly clean before eating. Try to eat light meals and remember to always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating or preparing food to help prevent food poisoning. This will go a long way in preventing any nasty germs from your hands being passed to your mouth.[ii]

  • Wear clean, loose fitting and long clothing

Loose and long sleeved clothing is the best choice of clothing for warm type of vacations. Long sleeved clothes provide more protection from the sun’s UV rays which can be harmful to children’s delicate skin. Loose clothing made of natural fibres also allows your skin a bit more room to breathe, helping your body to cool down faster and more easily.[iii] Remember, bacteria can build up on your clothes too, so change and wash them regularly by adding Dettol Disinfectant Multi-Use Hygiene Liquid to your laundry to help kill germs on your clothes.[iv]

  • Handwashing

Our hands are the biggest carrier of germs[v] and spending more time outside during warm type of vacations means our families come in contact with even more potentially harmful germs. Handwashing is extremely important in keeping you and your family healthy over the  holidays because it significantly reduces the chances of you catching any form of illnesses. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially before eating and after going to the toilet to keep illness at bay this time around. Keep a hand sanitiser with you for quick protection on the go and remind your children just how important it is to wash their hands regularly.[vi]

  • Shower Regularly

Maintain good personal hygiene on your vacation by having a bath or shower every day. It could be a good idea to shower twice on especially hot days or if you have been playing sports or being outdoors. Use soap, like Dettol Gold, and warm water to wash away not just dirt but also illness causing germs that have accumulated during the day.[vii]

So there you go, staying healthy this time around doesn’t have to be overwhelming. A few extra precautions and maintaining a good personal hygiene routine will make sure you and your loved ones can make the most of your vacations.

[i]http://www.skymetweather.com/content/health-and-food/dos-and-donts-for-a-healthier-summer/

[ii]http://www.skymetweather.com/content/health-and-food/dos-and-donts-for-a-healthier-summer/

[iii]http://www.nutritionvista.com/NutritionBuzz/summer-health-tips-burning-up-some-tips-to-cool-down-your-body,176.aspx

[iv]http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/reduce-body-odor

[v]http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/why-handwashing.html

[vi]http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/

[vii]http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/173478.php?page=2