01 Apr

Have fun in the sun but take care

As over two million people head overseas this Easter, in what is traditionally a curtain raiser to the summer, ABTA reminds holidaymakers to have fun in the sun but take care and endorses this year’s Cancer Research UK 'sunsmart' campaign.

ABTA’s own leaflet: How to Have a Safe and Healthy Holiday outlines the top tips for care in the sun:

• Build up the time you spend in the sun gradually.
• Avoid sunbathing between 11am and 3pm.
• Apply high factor sunscreen and re-apply frequently.
• Never expose babies under 6 months to the sun and always take extra care with children.
• Remember, it’s possible to burn in the shade, when it’s cloudy and while swimming
• At the first sign of burning get out of the sun immediately.
• Always drink plenty of water.

Nikki White, ABTA’s Head of Destinations & Sustainability said: “While warm weather helps us to relax and enjoy the outside life, and while there are medical benefits to moderate amounts of sun we need to take care of ourselves and our children in the sun to prevent short term hazards such as dehydration, sun stroke and sunburn and to prevent skin cancer.”