Family health tips for holidays

Going on holiday is designed to be a fun and relaxing time - and hopefully most of the time, it is! However, it's still a good idea to take your overall health into account while on the road, especially when kids are involved.

If you're heading to the beach or plan to explore the great outdoors, consider what you'll need to stay happy and well. Items like sunscreen and hats are a must, as is plenty of water and foods full of vitamins and energy-supporting ingredients. Your kids might need floating devices for the water, or rash shirts to help keep them safe from the sun as they swim.

While holidaying it can be easy to overindulge in certain treat foods. Whether it's an extra glass of wine for parents or daily ice creams or fizzy drinks for the kids, the extra eating can catch up with the whole family. To combat this, try and stick to healthy foods that offer plenty of nutritional benefits. Fill up on fruits and vegetables, but remind yourself that treats are ok every now and again, too. Because you're on holiday, you might relax a little more than you would at home, and it’s perfectly ok, as long as we don’t make it a habit once holidays are over.

Holidays are often a great chance to squeeze in some extra physical activity too. With beaches, parks and the great outdoors at your disposal, there's no reason why you can't get moving every day. Swim in the ocean, take a family hike, wander the streets of your destination or take the opportunity to do something adventurous, such as mountain biking.

Before you leave for your holiday, you might want to pack your multivitamins so you can be sure that you and your family are getting all the nutrients they need to stay happy and healthy on your getaway.