When you’re on holiday, its tempting to kick off your shoes, head for a sunbed and chill out, but walking barefoot can be dangerous.
Most of us like the feel of the sand in our toes, but casting off your shoes can carry a risk of injury. If you’re heading off on holiday this summer, here are some potential travel accidents to avoid and some handy hints to help you swerve holiday injuries.
The dangers of walking barefoot around your holiday resort
On holiday, you want to feel relaxed and enjoy the sun, sea and sand. Walking barefoot may feel more comfortable, especially in the heat, but it can be dangerous. If you don’t have shoes on, there’s a risk of slips, trips and falls, as well as bites, stings and cuts.
Walking barefoot around the pool may result in a slip or trip. If you’ve been splashing around in the pool, there’s likely to be water on the surrounding edge and it’s easy to lose your footing. Keep a pair of sandals or trainers on the ledge, so that you can put them on when you get out of the pool.
If you’re heading down to the beach, make sure you have suitable footwear on. If you’re walking barefoot on the sand, you may stand on broken shells, stones and cut your foot. There’s also a risk of jellyfish stings.
It’s also advisable to keep your shoes on if you’re going to your hotel restaurant or bar for lunch, or you’re grabbing a drink to cool down. There may be smashed glass on the floor, which you wont necessarily be able to see.
Staying safe on holiday
The last thing you want when you’ve been counting down the days until you set off for exotic climes is to end up nursing an injury. Here are some handy hints to help reduce the risk of holiday accidents:
- Don’t run around the pool
- Take beach shoes with you and resist the temptation to enjoy walking barefoot around the resort
- Always wear sunscreen
- Look where youre going; watch out for shells, rocks, broken glass and litter
- Stay hydrated
Claiming travel accident compensation
Sometimes, travel injuries can’t be prevented; however, many accidents are avoidable. If you’ve been involved in an accident abroad and you weren’t at fault, call Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice in claiming travel accident compensation now.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice