The Summer Heat Kit Your Beach Bag Needs
With summer in full swing, you may be like many people around the country who are packing up for a sun-soaked, water-logged and fun-filled family beach vacation. Bringing along bathing suits, beach towels, flip-flops and sand castle toys is a no-brainer, but with the hot temperatures and high humidity we’re seeing this summer, your packing list may need to expand.
Dehydration, sun poisoning and heat exhaustion are all summertime dangers that can send you and your family in search of a doctor. To keep everyone healthy and make the most of your vacation, put together a heat kit for your beach bag using the items we’ve suggested below.
Summer Heat Necessities for Your Beach Bag
- Broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays – at least SPF 30. Apply throughout the day to prevent serious burns.
- Reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. Remember to keep refilling it throughout the day to avoid dehydration and hear exhaustion.
- Hat and sunglasses to shield your face from the sun and protect your eyes.
- Copies of all prescriptions and health insuance cards, in case someone does become ill.
- Phone numbers of health care providers if you’re traveling with anyone with a chronic health problem.
- Quick cooling towel are activated with water and can provide cool relief when held to skin.
- Misting fans that require no electricity in case of a power outage or overheating when A?C isn’t readily accessible.
- First aid kit for any minor injuries that might occur.
Now that your beach bag is prepped and ready, it is essential that you keep in mind heat safety tips, as well, so you won’t need to pull out any of those emergency items. As you pack for your vacation, make sure to wear lightweight and loose fitting clothes to stay cool. Those fruity drinks may look tasty, but hydrate with water and try to avoid both caffeine and alcohol, as they can dehydrate you. Make sure to follow new sunscreen guidelines, applying 30 minutes before you head into the sun and using a generous amount. And though you may want a tan, don’t overdo it on the sunshine, or you could find yourself overheating. Instead, periodically perch under a big umbrella or wear the hat you brought in order to stay cool.
Keep in mind that these are preventative measures, and that often things like heat exhaustion or sun poisoning can happen before you realize it. In those situations, don’t wait to seek medical help, call 911 or visit your local urgent care for a professional examination and an expert opinion.
What other summer heat care necessities are in your beach bag?