How to stay safe on holiday

Top tips for staying safe on holiday

Going away on holiday is all about relaxing, unwinding and getting away from the pressures and distractions of everyday life. At turu, we want to ensure that your break away from it all is stress-free, so we have put together these handy tips on staying safe (and relaxed!) while you’re away.

1. Bring sun protection

Australia has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world; around 95% of skin cancer cases are a direct result of sun exposure**, which makes it a very preventable disease. Ensure you and your family are kept safe while in the sun by bringing factor 30+ water-resistant sun cream, sun hats, sun shades and light-weight clothes to cover-up.

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2. Stay in the shade

Following on from number 1, seeking a shady spot to relax will give you peace of mind and ensure you avoid any potential risks from sun exposure. Make sure you and the kids still wear sunscreen, especially important if you’re going to be outside at midday.

Find out more about staying safe in the sun while on holiday

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3.Pack insect repellent

Few people choose to encounter annoying bugs and insects while they’re away, but unfortunately they are unavoidable, especially if you want to enjoy the great outdoors. Insects aren’t just annoying; they can spread serious diseases such as Ross River Fever and Dengue Fever.

There’s no need to worry though, you can easily protect yourself and your family by packing an effective repellent. Find out more about effective protection from mosquitos and other biting insects

You can also use Aerogard’s Mozzie Index to help you assess the level of mozzie activity in your holiday destination (or at home). This easy to use tool enables you to work out the level of protection you will need and take control!

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4. Stay hydrated

While on holiday, we generally spend more time outdoors exploring than we would do otherwise. This is great for lots of reasons, but can quickly lead to dehydration.

An adult needs around 3 litres of water per day and a child between 1 and 3, depending on their age. This is on a normal day, so the amount of water you drink needs to be increased when you are more active or exposed to higher temperatures.

 Also remember to check whether the tap water is drinkable, it won’t always be and drinking dirty water can lead to illness (see next point).

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5. Water purification tablets

As highlighted above, drinking lots of water is essential for a happy, healthy holiday. Make sure you’re never caught off-guard and without clean water by packing easy-to-use water purification tablets. These help to kill bacteria and viruses that are commonly found in unclean water.

Buy water purification tablets

Now you know turu's top tips for staying happy, safe and relaxed on holiday, plan and book your holiday now!

** source: http://www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/types-of-cancer/skin-cancer.html