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Archive for July 2019

How to Prevent Sunburns At the Beach and Elsewhere!

Summer is in full swing which usually follows a beach trip or a similar outing, in order to enjoy the nice weather. However, it is always important to practice good sun safety and sunburn prevention whenever you’re outside.

Even though most people associate sunburns with a trip at the beach, individuals need to be aware that sunburns happen during other types of outings. These include camping and hiking as well as any activity where you are outside for prolonged periods of time.

When your skin becomes overexposed to the sun you are likely to experience skin damage and sunburns from UV rays. UV rays are radiation coming from the sun, which can also lead to melanoma in extreme cases of UV exposure. Other health risks from sun and heat exposure includes dehydration and heat rash to name a few.

Here are just a few simple but effective ways in which you can prevent sunburn and prevent UV ray damage:

Bring plenty of sunblock when you’re outside and reapply it frequently

Easily the most effective way to prevent sunburn is to apply sunscreen throughout the day. The most effective type of sunscreen or sunblock is SPF 30, which is the maximum amount that sunscreen can protect skin. Some sunscreens advertise with higher SPF count and also offer water-resistant and sweat-proof sunscreen options.

Regardless of the brand of sunscreen you choose you’ll want to actively reapply it throughout the day. A good benchmark to set is at least every hour or two hours to reapply sunscreen.

Water is also key to staying hydrated throughout the day and preventing potential fatigue

When individuals don’t drink enough water on a hot, sunny day then they could experience potential fatigue and even heat stroke. Whenever you’re outside for a prolonged period make sure to drink water as soon as you feel thirsty.

Bring a refillable water bottle on your person at all times to ensure that you can stay hydrated throughout the day. Even though some people will tell you to drink eight glasses of water throughout the day you only need to drink enough water to feel quenched.

Wear protective clothing whenever you are outside

During a camping trip, or a beach day, make sure to wear protective clothing in order to prevent a possible burn. The best options include a lightweight shirt, pants, and hat that can protect against UV rays. Additionally, protective clothing can also help prevent other hazards when outside such as insect bites in wooded areas.

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Camping Trip Health and Safety Guidelines

Summertime is also camping time for thousands of families, hikers, and outdoorspeople across the U.S. To make sure you are focusing more on enjoying the outdoors it helps to incorporate some basic health and safety skills during your camping trip.

When your outdoors you may likely experience a slew of personal safety risks including insect bites, UV rays, dehydration, and even limited medical access. But the good news for campers is that it is a fairly straightforward process for maintaining adequate health and safety during your trip. Based on similar camping safety skills collected by the CDC, here are just a few ideas to keep you safe and healthy throughout your camping trip!

Prepare for the outdoors with ample food and water

Regardless of where you are camping you’ll want to make sure that you have ample food and water on your person at all times. This is especially important in remote camping sites where access to food or water is limited or not close by.

A good rule of thumb is to have enough food and water for two or three days more than expected. Keep food properly refrigerated (in a temperature-controlled bag) and stored to prevent pests and other animals from finding it. An emergency supply of food and water is also a great way to prepare for a camping trip.

Protect from insects and the environment throughout your camping trip

Insect bites, dehydration, and sunburn are common medical ailments that largely impact unprepared campers or hikers. However, it is fairly easy to prevent insect bites and other environmental hazards with the following techniques:

  • Wear protective and lightweight clothing to prevent UV rays, tick bites, and other insect bites. If if is hot out find lighter-weight options if possible.
  • Apply sunscreen and insect repellent frequently during your trip. A good time to reapply either sunblock or bug spray is every two hours.
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and keep a refillable water to safely store water throughout the day.
  • Seek shade and use protective netting to keep insects away from your campsite.

Stay prepared with first-aid and similar medical precautions

During outdoor activity you may experience a sudden injury such as a bruise, cut, or scrape while hiking or camping outdoors. To avoid further injury make sure to bring a first aid kit and brush up on some basic first aid skills. If you need a refresher, then try finding a local course that provides free lessons.

Camping safety is an important part of any trip to ensure you get to enjoy Mother Nature without interruption!

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