The summer is almost upon us, and that means longer daylight hours, outdoor grilling, swimming and, for many of us, summer vacations. Whether you are staying local or traveling to an exotic location, there are steps you can take to better protect you and your family’s safety and health during your adventures.

First aid kit. This is useful no matter where you are traveling, and any drugstore should be able to provide one for you. Make sure that it has three essential elements: an antihistamine, an antacid, and an anti-inflammatory.

Sunscreen. You may be spending time at the beach, the pool, or just outdoors during your travels. It is important to regularly apply sunscreen with a high SPF, and don’t forget your ears, hands, and neck.

On the road. If traveling by car, be sure you are up-to-date on the latest car seat recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Get your car checked out (fluid levels, brakes, and air pressure) before you pack up. And make sure the driver is well rested before you travel each day.

In the air. Ask your airline about what medications you will be able to bring in your carry-on luggage and what you will have to check. If you are traveling with small children, the Federal Aviation Administration urges that they be secured in specialized child restraint systems—not just the standard airline seatbelts.

Health records and insurance. Having your records is particularly important if you are traveling out of the country. You need to be prepared in the event of a medical emergency and have your immunization information on hand. Discuss your travel plans with your insurance agent and be familiar with the company’s policies regarding overseas travel and whom you should contact in the event of an emergency.

Doctor’s advice. Share your itinerary with your health care provider so you can be sure you have the proper vaccinations if you are planning on leaving the country. Even if you are just traveling domestically, make sure you have the necessary prescriptions filled and talk about any health issues you may have.

Lifesaving techniques. Consider taking a course in basic lifesaving techniques, such as CPR. While the chances are unlikely that you will need these skills, in the event of an emergency, being prepared can mean the difference between life and death.

No matter what your plans are, the staff a North Hills Hospital hopes you have a fun-filled and safe summer! Need a CPR class? We offer them on Saturdays from 9:00 am to noon. Visit us online to register or call (817) 255-1662 for more information.

Sources:

American College of Emergency Physicians Foundation

Airsafe.com

Federal Aviation Administration

U.S. Department of State

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