Text: Deneb R. Batucan
THE Holy Week is a time for reflection and spiritual enlightenment — which you could all get by taking a little break from the monotony of everyday life. And that means one thing: going on a vacation! While we all get some fun under the sun, it’s important to stay in good health to have all the energy to do all the things lined up for Holy Week. Whether it’s to the beaches you go or doing Visita Iglesia with the family, your health shouldn’t be an afterthought. Here some health tips to get you through the Holy Week break.
1. Bring a hat.
Or an umbrella or anything that could protect you from all kinds of weather. An all-weather jacket might just be your guardian angel, rain or shine.
2. Stay hydrated!
The weather may be a tad bit unpredictable, but the sun, when it shines, is blazing hot. So when the temperature goes higher than the heavens, it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated. Water is your best friend. When traveling, it’s best to pack a water container that you can just refill (less plastic, less tragic).
3. Sunblock up.
Protect your skin from the blistering heat at all cost. Use sunscreens with higher SPF to get block all that nasty UV radiation from ruining your precious skin.
4. Don’t forget your insect repellent.
When the sun starts to set and it’s the magic light between day and night, it’s not just the darkness creeping in — insects come a-flying too. Wear mosquito or insect repellent that contains at least 30 percent DEET to keep all those pesky critters (and the diseases they’re carrying) away.
5. Bring a first aid kit.
A small first-aid kit is always a good idea, whether you’re going on an extreme trip or a staycation. You’ll never know when you or your companions might get bruises , or your stomach might act up from all that food. It’s best to pack medications like loperamide for upset stomachs or antihistamine for allergies just to be safe.