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5 Summer Travel Safety Tips

Tricia Sharpton June 29, 2015 0

Summer Travel Safety Tips

Summer means fun and travel, but it also needs a pinch of caution. To make the most out of your escapade, traveling under the sun and heat must be approached sensibly. Enjoy your leisure time with family and friends this summer by putting simple practices in place. Check out these tips to cover the basics and help you have a safe trip:

Tip #1 – Consider Your Daily Regimen

Prepping for the ultimate summer trip? Pack what’s necessary for daily living first. Treatments, medications, and other daily or regular necessities should be packed with spares (if possible) in the heavier luggage. Familiar objects will also help you to stay grounded while you are in unfamiliar surroundings.

Tip #2 – Be Ready on the Road

Texting, eating, smoking, and excessive conversations can distract you while driving. So just drive. If someone is riding with you, he or she should be responsible for navigation, music selection, and other miscellaneous tasks. Take breaks on longer trips to stretch or eat.

Whatever vehicle you are driving, it must be deemed road-worthy—so make time for adjustments before the trip. Top off fluids, replace belts and spark plugs, or fix whatever needs fixing. Ensure that your emergency kit is packed and ready to use. Buy new batteries just for the trip. Pack extra fluids for the passengers and the vehicle. Snacks, jumper cables, flashlights are also must-haves. If you’re traveling with kids (or kids-at-heart) who need more than just the passing scenery to get through the drive, then provide entertaining games.

Tip #3 – Hydrate Often

Staying hydrated can make all the difference as the temperatures rise. Generally, dehydration affects your mental and physical functions. The kicker is that thirst doesn’t come into play until you are already dehydrated (about 2% or 3% of your body’s water). The trick is to drink water consistently, not just constantly.

Tip #4 – Protect Yourself from Too Much Sun

Not going to the beach this summer? Don’t throw your sunblock just yet! You still need sunblock or sunscreen—even if you’re far from shore. Your sun protection products may come in handy when you’re trekking, biking, camping, having a picnic, or even playing your favorite outdoor sport.

If possible, avoid traveling when the sun is at its peak. And don’t forget to protect your head and your eyes (not just your skin) when long-term outdoor activities are part of the plan.

Tip #5 – Ensure Proper Coverage

Accidents can happen anywhere—but it won’t hurt to expect the unexpected and be insured for your travels. A significant part of travel insurance involves flying (as the mode of transportation), but it may also encompass emergency cancellations for lodgings and events. Furthermore, you must be covered when renting vehicles. It is also prudent to ensure proper coverage for your trip when you’re using your personal vehicle. Get more tips from 360training.com and learninsurance.com!

Sources:

http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/prevention-and-care/sunscreen

http://chemistry.about.com/od/waterchemistry/f/How-Much-Of-Your-Body-Is-Water.htm

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