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Tips for a Healthy, Safe Summer Vacation

Tips for a Healthy, Safe Summer Vacation

With COVID-19 vaccinations rolling out, there are better days ahead for travel. Follow these tips to stay healthy.

While some restrictions have been lifted, experts still advise caution when traveling. Here’s what you need to know before you go:

  • Get vaccinated for COVID-19 and don’t embark on your travels until two weeks after receiving your final dose of the vaccine.
  • Haven’t been vaccinated? Get a viral test between one and three days before you depart. If you test positive, don’t travel. If you test negative, keep your test results with you while traveling.
  • Find out about any travel restrictions at your destination. The CDC’s website provides a handy tool.
  • Pack plenty of masks and hand sanitizer in your luggage.
  • Always wear a mask in public. Masks are required in airports and on planes, trains and buses.
  • Avoid crowds and keep your distance from others. Stay at least six feet away from people who aren’t traveling with you.

Depending on your plans, experts suggest some additional guidelines. Keep the following advice in mind for a worry-free vacation.

In The Mountains

  • Take it slow. If your destination is 9,000 feet above sea level or more, avoid traveling to that elevation in a single day. Ascend gradually and steer clear of alcohol for the first two days.
  • Hike right. Stay hydrated and wear well-fitting footwear with ankle support.
  • Save your skin. The sun’s UV radiation is especially intense at high altitudes. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more.

At the Beach

  • Swim smart. Swim in designated places with a lifeguard on duty, who can warn about dangers like jellyfish or rip currents.
  • Watch your kids. Keep children who are poor swimmers within arm’s reach. Bear in mind that water wings and floaties weren’t designed as safety flotation devices.
  • Stay sun safe. Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen every two hours. To prevent heatstroke, drink lots of fluids, avoiding alcohol and sugary drinks.

Exploring the Countryside

  • Travel with a buddy. If you are heading into a remote area and someone gets hurt, the other person can go find help.
  • Keep ticks at bay. The number of cases of Lyme disease has doubled since 1991, and 
rural areas are prime tick habitats. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent and spray your clothing.
  • Stop before sundown. Make camp before dark. Those who continue hiking in the dark are at greater risk of falling and other accidents.

Wherever you go, make sure you have enough prescription medications to last your trip. Taking a few precautions can help you stay healthy as you embark on your well-earned adventure!