Holiday Sickness

Holiday Sickness: How To Stay Safe During Your Travels?

Stay Healthy on Holiday: Top Tips to Avoid Sickness While Traveling

Imagine this: you’ve saved up, booked the dream vacation, and finally arrive at your paradise destination. Sunshine, relaxation, and adventure await! But then, bam – holiday sickness strikes, turning your dream getaway into a nightmare of nausea, stomach cramps, and ruined plans.

Don’t let this become your reality! Holiday sickness, also known as traveller’s diarrhea, is a common foe faced by many vacationers. But fear not, intrepid explorer! With a little preparation and savvy travel tips, you can significantly reduce your chances of falling victim to this unpleasant souvenir.

Food Safety is Paramount

The leading culprit behind holiday sickness is often contaminated food or water. So, let’s talk food safety! Here’s how to be a savvy diner:

Be a “Look, Smell, Taste” Detective: 

Before taking a bite, use your senses. Does the food appear fresh and properly cooked? Does it have an unpleasant odor? If anything seems off, err on the side of caution and skip it.

Beware of Buffets: 

While tempting, buffets can be breeding grounds for bacteria, especially if food isn’t kept at the proper temperature. Be selective and choose items that have been recently brought out or are constantly kept hot or cold.

Fruits and Veggies? Wash or Peel!: 

Unwashed fruits and vegetables are prime suspects for harboring nasty pathogens. Wash them thoroughly with clean, bottled water, or opt for peeled fruits like bananas or oranges.

Ditch the Ice (Unless You’re Sure): 

Ice cubes in drinks can be a hidden source of contamination, especially in places with questionable water quality. Stick to bottled water or beverages served hot, like tea or coffee.

Should I Eat Street Food During Your Travels? :

 Street food can be a delicious adventure, but be mindful of hygiene standards. Opt for stalls with a high turnover and vendors who practice good sanitation.

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Water Woes: Be Wary, Be Wise

Steps to Stay Hydrated Safely While Traveling:

  • Carry reliable bottled water: Pack a well-known brand of bottled water and use it for drinking, brushing your teeth, and making ice for your beverages.
  • Check for breaches: Ensure your bottled water hasn’t been compromised by cracks or loose caps. Choose bottles with tamper-proof seals for added security.
  • Boil or purify if necessary: If bottled water isn’t readily available, boil water for at least one minute to eliminate harmful bacteria. Alternatively, consider using water purification tablets or a portable water filter.

Beyond Food and Water: Hygiene Habits

Germs can lurk in unexpected places. Here are some additional hygiene tips to keep you healthy:

  • Wash Your Hands Frequently: This might seem obvious, but frequent handwashing with soap and clean water is your best defense against germs. Carry hand sanitizer for situations where soap and water aren’t available.
  • Beware of Public Restrooms: Use caution in public restrooms. Carry hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces before touching them.
  • Don’t Touch Your Face: Our eyes, nose, and mouth are common entry points for germs. Avoid touching your face unless your hands are clean.

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Listen to Your Body

Your body is your best guide. Here’s how to stay in tune:

  • Don’t Overindulge: While indulging is part of the holiday experience, be mindful of your limits, especially when it comes to unfamiliar food and drinks.
  • Listen to Your Gut: If you experience any stomach discomfort, pay attention. Avoid further potential triggers and rest – your body might be trying to tell you something.
  • Seek Medical Attention if Needed: Don’t hesitate to seek medical attention, especially if symptoms persist or worsen. Early intervention can make a significant difference in your recovery.

What Should I Pack During my Travels?

1. Pack Probiotics: 

Probiotics are live bacteria that can help support a healthy gut microbiome, potentially offering some protection against traveller’s diarrhea. Consider taking a daily probiotic supplement before, during, and after your trip.

2. Don’t Forget Essential Medication: 

Pack any regular medications you take, along with over-the-counter remedies for common ailments like diarrhea and nausea.

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Making a Holiday Sickness Claim with National Claims

If your dream holiday turned into a nightmare due to holiday sickness, you may be entitled to compensation. At National Claims, we understand the disappointment and disruption caused by falling ill on your trip. Our team will connect you with a specialist personal injury lawyers who can help you navigate the claims process and fight for the compensation you deserve. Here’s how we can help:

Free Initial Consultation: 

Discuss your case with a team member who will connect you with a lawyer to understand your options and the potential for making a successful claim.

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No Win, No Fee: 

We offer a “No Win, No Fee” arrangement, eliminating the financial risk associated with pursuing legal action. You won’t pay any upfront fees, and our fees are only payable if your claim is successful.

*Typically, customers pay up to 25% of the amount recovered as a success fee toward the solicitor’s cost on a successful claim. Termination fees may apply if you terminate the agreement with your solicitor outside of the 14 day cancellation period.

Compassionate Support:

 We understand the physical and emotional toll holiday sickness can take. Our team provides compassionate support throughout the entire process, addressing your concerns and offering guidance every step of the way.

Remember, you have rights. Don’t let the burden of holiday sickness prevent you from seeking the compensation you deserve.


Holiday sickness can turn a dream vacation into a stressful ordeal. By following the tips outlined in this guide, you can significantly reduce your risk of falling ill. Remember, prioritizing hygiene, food and water safety, and listening to your body are crucial for a healthy and enjoyable travel experience.

However, if you do encounter holiday sickness and believe it was due to negligence, don’t hesitate to seek legal advice. National Claims is here to help you navigate the claims process. Contact us today for a free consultation and let us help you get back on your feet.

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