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.
Whether you’re choosing to swim in the ocean, lake, river, or swimming pool, the danger of drowning is always there. Make sure you’re always swimming with a partner and keeping a constant eye on your kids while they swim. Choose to swim at beaches and pools with lifeguards on duty whenever possible.
Keep Bugs at Bay
Pesky bugs are one of the downsides of summertime, but itchy, annoying, and dangerous bites and stings can easily be prevented. Always use bug sprays including up to 30-percent DEET on kids and adults older than 2 months to prevent disease-carrying insects. Avoid wearing (or dressing your kids in) brightly-colored clothing or scented perfumes, which can attract bees and other pesky bugs.