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Best Safety Tips for Your Outdoor Adventures This Summer

Young Girl on a Slip n SlideSummer is a time for adventure and good times, but it’s important to stay safe while taking in the sun and fresh air. An accident or injury can quickly ruin a nice outdoor adventure. So, whether you’re going camping, bicycling your favorite routes, trekking in the mountains, or simply going to the beach or pool this summer, here are some safety recommendations to keep you safe in DuPont!

Apply (and Reapply) Sunscreen

Protecting yourself from the sun’s UV rays is one of the finest methods to safely participate in any outdoor activity. Sunburn and skin damage can be prevented by using sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Apply sunscreen all over the body, including the face, ears, neck, and scalp, using a sunscreen cream rather than a spray.

Then, reapply sunscreen if you are sweating or swimming at least every two hours. Sunscreen has a limited duration, thus it is necessary to reapply it throughout the day to ensure continued protection.

Wear Protective Clothing

Another great way to protect yourself from the sun is to wear protective clothing. Long-sleeved shirts and slacks, as well as hats and sunglasses, can help keep the sun at bay. If you are going to be in the water, wearing a rash guard or wetsuit will also help protect your skin from the sun’s rays.

Stay Hydrated

It’s critical to stay hydrated, especially in the summer when the weather is hot and humid. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and have a water bottle with you at all times so you can get a drink whenever you want. Drinks that contain caffeine and alcohol can make dehydration worse, so it is best to avoid them.

Bring along some sports drinks to replace your electrolytes if you’re going trekking or doing any other intense activity. Be sure to consume significantly more water than usual if you are spending time in a desert or at a high altitude.

Avoid Peak Hours

Among the most effective strategies to avoid UV radiation is to avoid being outside during peak hours. Between 11 am and 2 pm, the sun’s rays are at their peak intensity. Whenever feasible, schedule outside activities for early morning or late afternoon/evening because the sun is less intense at those times. This will keep you cooler and prevent you from getting too much sun.

Know Your Limits – and Come Prepared

When you’re outside, it’s crucial to know your limitations. Start with shorter hikes and work your way up if you’re not used to trekking in the heat. If you’re new to camping, you might want to start with vehicle camping before moving on to backpacking.

You should be conscious of your physical limitations as well. Take precautions to keep safe and comfortable if you have a medical condition that makes being in the heat or cold difficult.

Finally, brush up on your first aid practice and familiarize yourself with the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. It’s always preferable to be safe rather than sorry! When you go outside, bring some basic first-aid supplies with you, such as burn spray, cold packs, aloe vera gel, bandages, itch cream, and pain medicines.

Watch Out for Wildlife

It is essential to be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for wildlife when outdoors. If you are hiking in the mountains or the forests, you should be aware of the local wildlife and how to avoid encountering them.

Some creatures are more hazardous than others, such as bears and mountain lions. But if you are not cautious, even little creatures might pose a menace. For instance, snakes and spiders can be found in a variety of outdoor situations; therefore, it is essential to know how to avoid them and what to do if they bite.

Always Tell Someone Where You’re Going – and When You’ll Be Back

When embarking on an outdoor excursion, it is essential to let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll return. This is especially critical if you are traveling solo or to a distant place.

Someone must be aware of your location in the event that you require assistance. So, before you go anywhere, even if it’s just to the neighborhood pool, leave a comprehensive itinerary with a friend or family member.

By following these safety recommendations this summer, you may enjoy all of your favorite outdoor activities while being safe from the sun and heat. So go outside and take in the fresh air!

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