Healthy holidays

Beach safety

Follow these simple tips to make the most of your time at the seaside this summer.

Camping safety

Follow these simple safety tips to ensure your camping holiday goes smoothly, especially if it's your first time.

Summer safety for younger children

Summer holidays are great fun for children, but can bring risks. Here are some tips for keeping them safe.

How clean is the sea?

To avoid swimming in polluted water this summer, find out about the water quality at your favourite UK beaches.

Festival survival guide

Sex, drugs and extra loo roll: your essential guide to staying healthy at music festivals

Protect your skin and eyes in the sun

Protect your skin against sun damage (including sunbeds) and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Barbecue food safety

Cooking food thoroughly at a barbecue helps to avoid food poisoning. Find out how to tell when your meat is done

Where to go walking this summer

Walking anywhere is good for your health, but the benefits are even greater in the countryside.

Safe swimming: what's lurking in the water?

How to make sure you don’t catch or encounter anything nasty in the sea, river, pond or lake.

Travel insurance

Having travel insurance and a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will save you money in an emergency.

12 UK insects and bugs that bite or sting

The creatures that are most likely to feast on you, including wasps, bees, ants, spiders, midges and ticks.

Free family activities

Need ways to keep the kids occupied this summer? Suggestions for healthy activities that cost little or nothing.

Keeping safe outdoors

Get tips from a mountain rescue expert on how to prepare for a safe day out cycling in the country or hiking along the coast.

Food and water abroad

Find out how to protect yourself against illnesses from contaminated food and water.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you

Tools

Before you travel

Advice for people travelling abroad, covering jet lag, vaccinations, DVT, travel insurance and sun safety

First aid essentials

First aid kit essentials

What to have in a basic first aid kit and how to use it

Grass pollen under microscope

Hay fever

All you need to know about hay fever and its treatment, plus lots of self-help tips

Travel health

Advice for people travelling abroad, including malaria, travel vaccinations, EHIC, travel insurance, DVT and jet lag

Summer health

Be healthy and safe this summer, throughout heatwaves, barbecues, hay fever, stings and in the swimming pool

Going abroad? Think passport

You can renew your passport up to nine months before it expires – check now

Try something new: hiking

Paul shares his safe and healthy hiking tips: great advice to make the most of your walks and days out.

Media last reviewed: 02/07/2013

Next review due: 02/07/2015