Last updated: 30 Apr 2023
The weather is heating up, and that means it’s time for some much-needed fun in the sun. But before you pack your RV and hit the road to your summer vacation destination, be sure you’re prepared for your warm-weather travels with these summer safety tips.
Pack Plenty of Sun Protection
It seems obvious to pack sunscreen for your summer vacation, but other items like sun shades, UV-protective clothing, and sunglasses are more easily forgotten. Try to avoid being in direct sunlight between the hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and if you’ll be outside during those hours, be sure to reapply sunscreen after sweating, swimming, and every couple of hours.
Avoid Heat Illness
The hot summer temperatures can catch you by surprise. Make sure you’re accustomed to the high temperatures before you start spending any time outside, and always keep plenty of liquids on hand when you do. And of course, never leave a passenger or pet in a parked vehicle for any amount of time.
Swimming can be a fun activity during the summer, but safety should always be a priority. Drowning is a real danger, regardless of whether you’re swimming in the ocean, a lake, river, or pool. Always make sure to swim with a partner and keep a watchful eye on children at all times while they swim. If possible, choose to swim at beaches or pools with trained lifeguards on duty for added safety.
Keep Bugs at Bay
During summertime, bugs can be quite bothersome, but it’s possible to prevent itchy and annoying bites and stings. Apply bug sprays that contain up to 30-percent DEET on kids and adults older than 2 months to ward off disease-carrying insects. It’s also recommended to avoid wearing brightly-colored clothing or scented perfumes, which can attract bees and other insects.