Heading out for some winter sun this year? Here’s how to enjoy a happy, healthy trip

Summer might be over, but for many of us the urge to go on holiday is as strong as ever – in fact, the lack of rays can lead many of us to crave a top up to our Vitamin D levels. More and more of us are arranging to go on holiday during the colder months of the year as well as the warmer ones. One look out the window at the typically cold and dark weather on UK shores, and it isn’t hard to understand why.

But if you’re planning on jetting off this winter, it’s important that you remember to stay safe on your holiday. Whether you’re planning some fun on the slopes or going further afield to soak up some sun, there are certain things you need to remember in order to have a holiday that’s both happy and healthy.

So to help you stay on top of your holiday planning, we’re here with our three golden rules for winter holiday safety. Make sure you read through this guide before setting off to have fun in the sun.


Prepare for potentially unpleasant flying weather

Even if it’s supposed to be glorious sunshine at your destination, you will still need to prepare for the possibility of potentially turbulent flying conditions when you’re on your way there. Winter sees an influx of rain, sleet, snow and strong winds, all of which can make flying less smooth.

Try to fly non-stop whenever possible and, if you require a layover, check connecting times so that you aren’t at risk of missing your next flight. You should also plan ahead and check the weather before you travel. That way you can make sure you pack everything you need to be comfortable and have contingency plans in place just in case there is an issue with the flight.


Never take shortcuts when it comes to sun safety

We’re much more prone to forget about the importance of sun safety when we jet off in the winter, especially if you’re going somewhere with a colder climate in order to enjoy winter sports like skiing and snowboarding.

Remember that 90% of all skin cancers are caused by over exposure to UV radiation, and UV radiation increases by between 4 and 5% with every 1,000 feet above sea level. So when you’re climbing high slopes with very little cloud cover, it’s important to take all the necessary safety measures.

This includes wearing plenty of broad spectrum sun protection with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply your sun cream at least 20 minutes before hitting the slopes and make sure you reapply every two hours.

Ski masks, sunglasses and goggles are all also good ways to protect some of the most sensitive areas of your face, like your eyelids.


Do your research and get the vaccinations you need

When searching for sun this winter, many of us will consider more exotic and far-flung locations. But the further and more remote you go, the more important it becomes to do your research and make sure your health is fully protected.

Vaccinations are a vital part of holiday planning. Make sure you take the time to check whether your destination is a risk area for any potential health conditions. Getting protected before you travel is the best way to give yourself peace of mind before you fly.

If you’re planning your next trip abroad, make sure you stay safe by taking a trip to Express Travel Clinic. Come and visit us in our walk-in clinic or get in touch with one of our experts today by calling 0208 993 58 89. You can also click here to book online right now.