Traveling out of town for summer family vacation or the long holiday weekend? Whether you decide to take time off out of town or at home, these tips can help keep you and your family safe this summer:

Summer safety sense

  • Limit time outdoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., which is when the sun’s ultraviolet rays are most intense. This applies to overcast days too.
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and reapply it periodically, especially if you’re sweating or having fun in the water. This applies to overcast days too! (Yes, you read that twice.)
  • Drink lots of fluids. Staying hydrated is critical to maintaining energy and avoiding the effects of summer heat. Carry a water bottle anywhere and anytime you can. You can even find collapsible water bottles that are perfect for traveling. If you don’t like the taste of water, try adding lemon juice, a sprig of mint, and/or freshly sliced lemon, orange, lime, or cucumber.
  • Are you a nature lover? Be sure to protect yourself from mosquitoes and ticks, which can carry diseases such as Zika virus and Lyme disease.1,2 Check out these insect repellents that Consumer Reports recommends.

Traveling with medications

  • If you’re going by car for a few days, you can use a pill organizer to save space. Be sure to organize a couple extra days’ worth just in case you have to extend your trip or accidentally lose or drop a pill or two.
  • But if you’re flying, going international, or planning to be away from home more than a week, be sure to pack your prescription bottles or printed prescriptions. In case of an emergency, you may be able to get some medications refilled at a different pharmacy.

One more tip: Be sure to keep Teladoc close by; download the app and you’ll have fingertip access to board-certified physicians 24/7 anywhere you are. Our doctors can diagnose and recommend treatments for a wide range of common summertime ailments, from sun-related conditions to bug bites and stings, skin rashes, and seasonal allergies. Have a great trip!

Sources

1https://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html
2https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html

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