Travel Notes: Golden Rules To Help You Stay Safe On Vacation

Have you saved for months to go on vacation? Have you been counting down the days for as long as you can remember? If so, the last thing you want is for a dream holiday to turn into a nightmare. Nobody wants to waste well-earned time off nursing broken bones or dealing with sunstroke. If you’re jetting off the in the coming weeks, here are some golden rules to help you stay safe on vacation.

Keep moving on the plane

Flying elevates your risk of deep vein thrombosis slightly. It’s very important that you try and keep moving when you’re on board. Do exercises in your seat to get the blood flowing, and take a walk up the aisle every hour. If you’re flying long haul, you may wish to wear flight socks and take aspirin before you travel.

Pack some suitable shoes

Most of us focus on swimwear and sandals when packing our cases. But don’t forget to include some suitable shoes if you plan to explore. If you’re visiting ancient ruins, or you fancy taking in the views from a mountain peak, flip flops won’t cut the mustard. You may struggle with the terrain, and you’ll increase the chances of sustaining an injury on holiday.

Stay hydrated

Many of us choose sunshine breaks when it comes to booking vacations. If you’re going to a hot country, it’s essential to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of bottled water, and increase your fluid intake if you’re exercising or sweating more than normal. Try to avoid drinking a lot of alcohol, as this will dehydrate you.

Take care in the sun

There’s nothing like feeling the warmth of the sunshine on your skin. But it’s always wise to remember that sunbathing can do you a lot of harm. Sun exposure carries a risk of sunburn and skin cancer. Make sure you apply sunscreen before you go out into the sun. Reapply throughout the day and take care not to miss any areas. Don’t forget your ears, lips, and the soles of your feet. Try and avoid sunbathing in the midday sun. At this point, the UV rays are at their strongest. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, and move into the shade if you feel your skin burning.

Drive carefully

Many of us choose to hire a car when we go on vacation. If you’re driving abroad, take extra care. Driving on unfamiliar roads in a rental car can carry a higher risk of road traffic accidents. Plan your route in advance, and stick to the speed limit.

Swim safety

If you’re going for a swim in the sea, stick to designated safe swimming zones. If you have kids, try and choose beaches manned by lifeguards. Avoid swimming in adverse weather conditions, and don’t go out too far. Even the calmest looking waters can be deceptively powerful.

Vacations should be all about relaxation, exploration, and creating incredible memories. Follow these golden rules to reduce your risk of holiday accidents. They will ensure you return home with souvenirs and a golden glow rather than crutches or a cast.

Golden Rules To Help You Stay Safe On Vacation


  1. I have learned my lesson about proper shoes – walking all day in flip flops left me with two huge blisters on the underside of my feet; made the rest of my holiday very painful!

  2. I also suggest creating back ups of important travel documents in the event you lose them, they get stolen or for whatever reason they are withheld from you… Create an electronic copy and save them in a web-based email, leave copies with someone back home you trust.

  3. Debbie S. says

    Great advice. Yes, even if you are in the water staying cool, a hat is a must. You can still get sick from too much sun!

  4. Thanks for the great tips! I’m going to Niagara Falls next month.

  5. This is a great list. Comfortable shoes are always at the top of my travel list. I would add to your list: consider a money belt or similar for carrying those most important things.

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