Summer Travel – Tips to Enjoy a Safe Vacation

With the long days and warm temperatures of summer comes vacations and adventures all around the country. It’s a time when many of us take a break from our daily routines and head to the beach, lake or another summer destination. While you and your family are enjoying some time away, it’s crucial to prioritize safety. Whether you’re planning a beach getaway, a road trip, or exploring a new city, here are some tips to make the most of your summer travel while keeping yourself and your loved ones safe.

Do Your Research

Before you get in the car or hop on a plane, it’s important to research the area you’ll be visiting. Make sure you’re staying in an area that welcomes tourists and has plenty of safe accommodations and activities. Before you leave, check the weather and be aware of potential risks such as tropical storms, wildfires or other natural occurrences. When traveling out of the country, research the local culture and customs as well as laws that may be different from what you are accustomed to.

Pack Essentials

Packing efficiently and thoughtfully can contribute to your safety while traveling. Pack a well-stocked first aid kit that includes essential medications, band-aids, sunscreen, insect repellent and any other necessary items. Also be sure to pack appropriate clothing for the climate you will be traveling to. Remember to carry photocopies of important documents including passports and identification, and keep them separate from the originals. It’s also a good idea to pack a portable charger to have on hand for your electronic devices, ensuring you will always have a fully-charged phone on hand.

Swim With Caution

On a hot summer day, there is nothing better than a refreshing swim. While many fun memories can be made during a day at the pool or at the beach, it can also be dangerous if you’re not careful. Don’t overestimate the swimming abilities of children or adults, and always avoid swimming alone. Be sure children know how to swim, or are equipped with a proper lifejacket or flotation device. If swimming in the ocean, pay attention to currents and stay close to the shore.

Wear Sunscreen 

Sunburn is one of the most common summertime injuries and can happen to anyone. No matter your skin type, it is important to protect your skin by wearing sunscreen, finding shade or wearing protective clothing. Whether you’re going to be at the beach or sightseeing in a new city, plan ahead and pack your sunscreen even if it is a cloudy day. It is also important to reapply at least every two hours, and immediately after swimming or excessive sweating. Also, remember to apply sunscreen to every part of your skin that is exposed. It’s easy to forget to coat your lips, eyelids, ears and feet, but these areas can easily burn.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is important for your health all year long, but during the warm summer months it is more important than ever. The hot temperatures cause you to sweat more, which in turn depletes your body of hydration. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to start sipping water, as this can be an early sign your body is already dehydrated. Staying hydrated will also help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. While on vacation, bring a reusable water bottle that you can easily fill and have water on hand at all times.

Share Your Itinerary

Before leaving, share your travel plans with a trusted friend or family member, especially if you’re traveling to a new place or out of the country. Provide them with details such as accommodation information, flight details and contact numbers. This way, a loved one will have an idea of your travel plans in case of an emergency.

A safe and enjoyable summer vacation requires planning and preparation. By conducting thorough research, packing wisely and adhering to safety guidelines, you can have a fantastic trip while minimizing potential risks. Remember, safety should always be a top priority, allowing you to create memories and experiences with the ones you love. From everyone at Southwoods Health, we hope you enjoy a safe and healthy summer!