Holiday Tips

Stay safe in the sun!

Are you or your children going to spend time at the beach over the holidays? Keep these safety tips in mind:


  • Swim where there are lifeguards on duty and keep to the areas demarcated for safe swimming.
  • Remember that swimming in the sea is very different to swimming in a pool.
  • Do not dive into water where you cannot see the bottom, as you could easily injure your neck.
  • If you get pulled out to sea, stay calm and save your energy. Allow the current to carry you and then swim parallel to the shore until you are out of it. If you cannot swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are out of the rip current.
  • Do not be ashamed to call for help if you are in trouble. Anyone, even the best swimmers, can run into difficulties. Signal for a lifeguard to help you as soon as possible. In the interim, stay calm and try to tread water, or if possible float on your back, until they reach you.

Too much sun in one go can have you in agony for days, but no sun is also not a good idea, as we need it to maintain healthy levels of Vitamin D. Here’s how to manage your sun exposure:

  • Avoid exposure to the sun in the middle of the day.
  • Wear wrap-around UV protective sunglasses and a wide brimmed sun hat.
  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of sun protection factor (SPF) 15+ on areas of the body not protected by clothing. Reapply frequently.

The symptoms of heat exhaustion are usually nausea, headache, vomiting, fatigue, muscle cramps, aches and dizziness. This is how to avoid heat exhaustion:

  • Avoid strenuous physical activity in the heat.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking sufficient fluids such as water and sports drinks. Avoid drinks that may dehydrate you further, such as alcohol, fizzy colas, tea and coffee.


How to unwind like a pro

Holidays should be a time of taking a complete break from work so that you can recharge your batteries. Here is how you can make it easier to unwind and make your time away from work count:

  • Set aside your last day at work to tie up loose ends, such as sending outstanding emails, setting an out-of-office message and accepting outstanding meeting requests for when you are back.
  • Well before you go on holiday, make sure that colleagues and clients know that you will be away and that work deliveries are planned accordingly.
  • Set clear work/life boundaries – if at all possible, do not make yourself available to colleagues or clients while you are on holiday, and don’t check your work emails or think about work problems.
  • Recognise that you NEED time away from work to be a productive and happy employee. Take the time to enjoy your free time with your loved ones and do the things that YOU love doing.


Tips to enjoy the festivities and still be healthy

When you shop for food for the holidays, go for quality rather than quantity. For example…

  • Buy real fruit juice, rather than sugary sodas. Even better; buy lots of fresh fruit and display it in a central area – most kids love fruit!
  • Put out tasty seeds and nuts as snacks, rather than peanuts and chips.
  • Treat your family to an expensive dark chocolate, rather than bulk packets of sweets.


How to put together a basic first-aid kit


  • First aid guide
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Crepe /open-weave bandages to bind dressings or support injured joints
  • Triangular, elastic bandages for slings
  • One sterile eye dressing
  • Adhesive dressings or plasters
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Rehydration powder
  • Tweezers, a pair of sharp scissors and some safety pins
  • Disposable cold packs
  • Hydrogel dressings for burns
  • Antihistamine cream for stings or bites
  • Thermometer
  • Plastic gloves
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • Torch