6 top tips so you can stay safe on your summer holiday

As the season starts to heat up, undoubtedly so will your workload – and your desire to get away from it all on a relaxing summer holiday. So there’s no better time to start planning for a restful escape.

Penhale Sands, CornwallWhether you’re going away with the little ones, looking for some fun in the sun with your favourite sibling, or planning a glorious staycation as you pray for the sun to stay here too, you’ll need to pack those all important essentials to protect you from those shining sunbeams, and any other eventualities.

As the countdown begins, take a look at our handy guide for some top tips to help you stay safe on your much-needed, exciting family summer holiday.

Travel insurance

If you are planning to go away for your family holiday, organising holiday insurance is an important part of keeping safe. If the worst case scenario happens and either you, a fellow loved one, or your kids fall ill whilst you’re away, you can seek the right kind of medical treatment knowing that any hefty bills will be covered.

To ensure you are going through each correct step of the process, make sure to get in touch with your insurance company’s emergency medical helpline and keep them up to date with what’s going on. You can also ask any important questions to ensure you are as covered as you can be.

Important contacts

Before you set foot on soft sand and sparkling shores, do some essential research and make sure to keep a note of crucial telephone numbers for the below services:

  • The European emergency services – dial 112
  • The number for your local police station, if staying outside of the EU
  • The UK Embassy or equivalent for your chosen holiday country

For extra safety, provide your family or friends with these helpful numbers and make sure they can contact you. If that’s not possible by phone, modern technology enables a whole host of social media methods from Facebook to Twitter, and communicative channels like Whatsapp.

Sun protectionSuncream

Covering your skin from harmful UV rays should be high on your summer safety agenda, especially when it comes to covering up the skin of your little ones. You should be using a minimum of factor 15, ideally 25-30 if you are pale or sensitive to the sun.

Make sure to wear it daily – applying the right protection at the right time is crucial in order to protect your skin and avoid sunburn. Follow these steps to ensure you are applying your cream in the right way:

  1. Make sure to use 20-30ml for your body and roughly a tablespoon of sunscreen for your face. To help it absorb more easily and evenly, spray it directly on your skin instead of applying it from your hands
  2. Apply your sunscreen onto clean, dry skin. This means applying before any moisturiser
  3. Always apply sunscreen before you go out into the sun. Give yourself at least 20 minutes so that it can be fully absorbed into the skin
  4. The key to sun safety is to reapply, reapply, reapply. You should be topping up your sunscreen every 90 minutes

Insect repellent

Whilst it can be tempting to pick up a product that includes both sunscreen and insect repellent, sun protection should be re-applied more often than a repellent and it’s wise to apply your sun protection before you spritz on the insect spray.

Make sure to spray outside, to ensure you don’t breathe in any nasty chemicals, and once you’ve covered up from head to toe, give your clothes a little spritz too. Just make sure to wash these as soon as you get back home. If you protect yourself in the right way, these bugs will hopefully buzz off, leaving you to enjoy your long, hazy days in peace.

Stylish cover-upsBeach umbrella

From sarongs to umbrellas, as well as applying those protective layers of sunscreen and insect repellent, think about a protective layer or two of essential clothing for when you’re out and about in the summer heat. Dark colours and long sleeves work best if you’re really trying to protect your skin.

No matter if you’re going from beach to bar or just enjoying a casual morning stroll to the shops, make sure to wear protective clothing to block out those rays. Try large hats with brims and lightweight cotton clothing to cover your shoulders. If you have particularly fair or sensitive skin, when the time comes to jump into the pool, set up camp with a large umbrella or parasol to offer some shade as you dry off.

Not forgetting… those all important sunglasses

How to select the perfect pair of sunglasses

From one cover-up to another, it’s super important to think about picking up protective eyewear to shield you from the sun’s beaming rays, and help to protect you against future health issues, from skin cancer to cataracts. And from UV protection to polarised sunglasses, which are designed to reduce glare from all different kinds of surfaces, there’s lots to consider when picking up the right pair of summer shades.

Why not help us to raise some funds for Shades Day – the closest Friday to the UN’s International Day of the Family and our national fundraising and awareness day.

Here, we encourage everyone to pick up a pair of shades and make a donation. Then you can share your snaps on social media using the #ShadesDay hashtag. We can’t wait to see you and your fabulous shades there!

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Blog post contributed by: Kiri Nowak a.k.a The Content Wolf, Pack Leader of The Content Wolves

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