Top 3 holiday health essentials


Shopping for your summer holiday can be a really exciting part of your trip, getting you in the mood for an adventure before you even reach the airport. However, there are a few health essentials you need to think about before you jet off. We’ve put together a list of our top three things to remember to take with you.

1) Suncream

The importance of wearing suncream isn’t exactly recent news. It has long been proven that suncream is a holiday essential and something that you shouldn’t step into the sun without.

It’s recommended that you choose a suncream of at least SPF 15 and make sure it protects against UVA and UVB rays. It’s a good idea to pick a water resistant formula too, which will help protect you in the water and also when you get a little sweaty on the beach.

2) Medicines

Although you should be able to find a pharmacy in most European holiday destinations, it’s a good idea to stock up on a few medicial essentials to take with you. This is especially important if you have any prescription medicines. Make an appointment with your doctor to ask for a repeat prescription well ahead of time, so you’ve got plenty to take with you.

We also recommend taking a small first aid kit away with you, including items such as plasters, painkillers and anti-itch cream for any nasty bites. We’ve even got a full guide to what you should be including in your first aid kit on our blog.

3) European Health Insurance Card

An up to date European Health Insurance card is one of the most important things to pack for your holiday, so make sure to sign up for one or, if you’ve already got one, double check if it needs renewing.

Your EHIC card isn’t a replacement for health insurance but carrying it gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare while on short visits to any other European country. Travelling without one could mean that you end up having to stump up for a large bill if you find yourself unwell while you’re away.

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