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Precautions You Should Take on Any Summer Vacation

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Summertime is here once again. For most people, going on a vacation is usually at the top of the list. Holidays provide a much-needed break from the daily routine. It also offers an opportunity to unplug and reconnect with your family and friends. Unfortunately, the warm weather also comes with its perils. Below are the precautions you should take on your summer vacation.

1. Plan Ahead

Planning is the key to successfully going on any vacation. Waiting until the last minute is a recipe for disaster. It is not unheard of for flights and accommodation prices to spike during peak seasons. Sorting out your travel arrangements in good time is the best way out. If you are traveling as a family or with companions, it might be harder to get everybody on the same page. Part of preparation also includes making sure that your home is protected while you are away. You need enough time to arrange for a home sitter, turn off the water, unplug appliances, and arrange for lawn care. It is impossible to remember everything when in a hurry.

2. Prepare for Travel Maladies

A change in environment can affect your body in different ways. The severity of the maladies varies from person to person. It helps to anticipate these problems and take the necessary precautions.

  • Motion Sickness – It refers to the sensation of dizziness when traveling at high speeds. Pack motion sickness medications when going on vacation.
  • Altitude Sickness – Acute Mountain Sickness occurs due to rapid change in altitude. The low levels of oxygen at higher altitudes cause shortness of breath, headaches, and nausea. Acetazolamide is one of the medications used to suppress the symptoms.
  • Jet Lag – Crossing multiple time zones can wreak havoc on your internal circadian clock. Jet lag causes fatigue. Try to adjust your sleeping pattern with the destination ahead of time.

3. Wear Protective Gear

Sunbathing and swimming are the two favorite pastimes during the summer heat. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing protective clothing to avoid health complications. Here are some of the essentials that you should have with you.

  • Sun Protection – Overexposure to sunlight can cause severe sunburns or even skin cancer. Apply water-resistant sunscreen and wear a hat before going out. Remember to reapply it every one hour and limit your exposure to the sun. Your eyes should also be protected by wearing sunglasses.
  • Water Safety It is crucial to make sure everyone is safe while having fun. Children should never be left unattended. Lifeguards and safety jackets should be provided by the establishment. In case of injuries such as slips and falls, seek immediate medical care. If you think the accident was due to negligence, contact the best personal injury lawyer in Maryland or your particular locale for help.

4. Insect stings

Summer heat is usually accompanied by an increased number of bugs. Most bugs are quite harmless, and their bites only cause mild symptoms. These include itchiness, redness, and swelling. Look out for bees, wasps, ants, fleas, ticks, and spiders. However, some bug bites are more dangerous. Poisonous spiders, for example, could cause fatal injuries. Seek immediate medical care in such situations. Protect yourself by wearing insect repellants when outdoors. Painkillers are effective for painful stings. Take extra care for those with allergic reactions by having oral and injectable antihistamine.

5. Drink Lots of Water

The body loses a lot of water through respiration during the summer heat. The more you sweat, the more water you will lose. Drinking plenty of water is the best way to stay hydrated. People with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes need to drink even more water than everyone else. Alternatively, you can reduce dehydration by limiting the intensity of physical exercise. Instead, go for jogs in the evening or early morning when temperatures have dropped. Instead of plain water, consider switching to sparkling water. They come in all kinds of enticing flavors.

Safety First

Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors. In all the excitement, always remember to protect yourself and your loved ones. The world is still recovering from the ongoing pandemic. While traveling to your favorite European destination may not be the best idea right now, you can always have a fun-filled summer locally. Hopefully, you take all the necessary precautions while out in the sun.

Tim Esterdahl

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