Summer is coming! In this blog, we’ll look at some common issues that arise over the summer months, such as skin protection, allergies, insect stings and bites, and first aid kits: what you should pack when preparing to go on holiday.

Skin protection

The sun is out in full force over the summer, meaning many of us spend more time outdoors with friends and family. Unfortunately, this means our skin gets exposed to UV rays and can burn or get irritated. Over time, repeated overexposure to the sun can contribute to an increased risk of melanoma, a type of skin cancer.

We recommend limiting your sun exposure. When outside, you should wear a hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing that covers your skin. You can also apply sun cream such as NIVEA Sun Protect & Moisture Sun Cream at regular intervals on exposed skin, being sure to reapply as directed.

If your skin has already become irritated, you can apply a product such as Medi Derma-PRO Skin Protectant to protect and soothe dry, irritated, or damaged skin, helping with issues such as chafing.


Allergies affect many people and can range in severity, but most people with mild to moderate allergies experience sneezing, coughing, runny or congested nose, and itchy and watery eyes.

Common allergens (the causes of allergies) are things like pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. During the summer months, increased activity outdoors means more exposure to allergens such as pollen, which can lead to allergic reactions.

To more fully understand allergies, what causes them, and how to treat them, we encourage you to read our blog here.

We recommend taking an allergy medication such as Benadryl Allergy Relief or Clarityn Allergy Relief ahead of time when you know you may come into contact with an allergen. If it’s too late and you have already been exposed, you can still take the medication after to help manage your symptoms.

Allergy medications come in a variety of forms such as tablets, nasal sprays, and syrups, making it easy to find a product that works best for you and your family.

You can view our full range of allergy medications here.

Insect stings and bites

Warmer weather often means an increase in insect activity, making you more likely to come into contact with them. Unfortunately, this can also mean an increased risk of getting bitten or stung, leading to pain, itching, and inflammation.

We recommend applying an insect repellent when you are going to be outdoors in an area where bugs may be present in greater numbers, such as a park or wooded area. Insect repellents come in different forms such as a roll on or spray and should be re-applied regularly as directed. In addition to using an insect repellent, you can try to protect yourself by covering up exposed skin.

Despite preventative measures, it’s still possible to be bitten or stung by insects. If this happens, you should clean the area with an antiseptic, and then apply a product such as Antihisan Bite & Sting Cream to help provide relief from pain, itching, and inflammation.

First aid kits: what to pack for holiday

It’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit on hand, whether you’re at home or preparing for a holiday.

You can assemble your own first aid kit, including products like the following:

You can also purchase a pre-assembled first aid kit, such as the 48 Piece HSE Compliant First Aid Kit or the 39 Piece Numark First Aid Kit.

While products similar to these may be available where you are travelling, it’s especially important to be prepared if only certain medications work for you and your family due to allergies, or if you have a specific preference when it comes to brand or form (e.g. cream, spray, tablets, etc.).

You should always make note of what the emergency number is in the country you are travelling to, and try to look up ahead of time where the nearest A&E and pharmacy are located.

In summary

When it comes to the summer months, it’s better to be prepared than to simply react: you don’t want to miss out on any summer fun! Consider your plans and holidays, taking into account increased sun exposure, potential allergies, coming into contact with insects and bugs, and first aid kit items you may want to have on hand at home or abroad.

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