Sure, spring break is a time for relaxation and fun, but it’s also important to be mindful of your health and safety.
The following tips can help you stay healthy while traveling for spring break, so you can enjoy each moment to the fullest.
- Get vaccinated. Make certain you’re up to date on all vaccinations, including the flu shot. If you’re traveling internationally, you may need additional vaccines depending on your destination. Check with your doctor or visit the CDC website for additional information.
- Drink responsibly. It’s important to drink in moderation or not at all – particularly if you’re going to be driving or engaging in activities that require your complete attention. Excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to dehydration, so be cognizant of how many drinks you’ve had when you’re out in the sun and the heat.
- Stay hydrated. Drink water regularly, especially when you’re in hotter climates. Carry a water bottle with you so you can replenish fluids throughout the day. Health experts typically recommend eight 8-ounce glasses per day, but mileage may vary depending on your health history.
- Protect your skin. If you’re going to an island or the shore, or anywhere the sun will be beating down on you throughout the day, make sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
- Avoid insects. Easier said than done, right? But the fact of the matter is insect bites can lead to infection, so be sure to wear insect repellent when outdoors, especially in wooded areas or near bodies of water where mosquitoes may be present. If hiking in wooded areas, dress for the occasion – cover your legs and arms and wear high socks.
- Beware of foodborne illnesses. When traveling to developing countries or areas with poor sanitation, there is an increased risk of contracting a foodborne illness. Only eat food that has been cooked thoroughly and avoid eating raw fruits or vegetables unless they can be washed and peeled.
- Get a travel physical. Talk to your doctor about the steps you should take before traveling abroad. A simple visit can earn you an “all clear” for your journey and equip you with any prescriptions you may need while vacationing.
- Have a plan. Whether traveling alone or with others, it’s important to have a game plan in place in case of an emergency. Establish protocols so that everyone in your party is on the same page in the event someone gets lost, injured, or sick. It’s always a good idea to have a designated meeting place in case you get separated from your group. And be sure you have a way to stay connected while traveling, whether it’s through a local SIM card for your phone, Wi-Fi hotspots, or international roaming plans for your mobile devices.
Being aware of the health and safety risks that are possible anytime you travel can help you avoid injury and illness in the long run. Questions before the fun begins? Ask a professional. The doctors at Quality First Urgent Care are always available to help.