With most individuals back to travel this summer, it is important to stay safe, especially when traveling to sunny, high-temperature destinations. As much fun as a vacation can be, it can also be dangerous if you are not prepared accordingly for the weather. Ailments such as heat-related illnesses can become serious issues, even life-threatening.
According to the CDC, factors such as age and activity levels can play a factor in avoiding heat-related illnesses. Leisurely relaxing beachside or poolside may make it less likely to develop such illnesses. In contrast, the more active you are in high temperatures, the higher your chance of developing a heat-related illness. As for age, older individuals, young children, and individuals with chronic conditions are at an increased risk.
Several heat-related illnesses include heat rash, cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Knowing how to identify and treat different illnesses is very important. Visit the CDC to learn more about each one specifically.
However, you can follow these general tips to stay safe in the heat:
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
- Wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and reapply every two hours
- Wear a hat and sunglasses.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day. Try to limit your time outdoors from 11 am – 4 pm.
- Rest often and try to stay in the shade when outdoors.
- If you are doing strenuous outdoor activities such as hiking or biking, try to adjust before you travel by exercising 1 hour per day in the heat.
About the Author: Monica Hussey has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University. Monica has 14 years of experience in the Corporate Fitness and Wellness Industry and joined the BaySport team in 2019 as Wellness Manager. She enjoys being active, chasing around her daughter and three dogs, and participating in group exercise classes, especially spin.