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There’s nothing like getting away to relax and clear your head. And a staycation can be just as helpful. These breaks away from your routine can even improve your health. Even the planning phase can have positive effects. Frequent breaks, rather than just one long vacation, seem to have the most benefits. WebMD says getaways or staycations may:
But staying safe and healthy makes any trip better. So before you head out for a long-planned spring break, a fun-filled summer vacation or a quick weekend getaway, do some planning. Research your destination and any planned activities. That can help you be prepared to best avoid illness or injury during the trip and arrive home healthy.
It’s good to be aware of how the COVID-19 pandemic may impact your health and safety. Learn about health concerns linked to domestic travel during the pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also offers guidance on international travel and shares answers to frequently asked questions about travel health. Be sure to monitor changing conditions as your trip gets closer.
Routine travel concerns also apply. The CDC says to:
Read Traveler’s Checklist: Protect Your Health While You Travel to learn more about how to plan for things that might affect your health while you’re away from home.
Young children sometimes get sick when there are changes to their usual eating and sleeping routines. “Kids can be at risk for travel-related problems like motion sickness, diarrhea and infections,” says KidsHealth. Be prepared with medicine meant for the kids. And depending on where you’re going, there are other things to think about, too.
Stay safe in the sun. Limit your time in the sun to reduce the risk of skin cancer. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 15 every two hours. Reapply after sweating and water exposure. Have kids wear hats and sunglasses. You can also try sun-protective clothing.
Stay safe in the water. Always watch kids carefully around any body of water. Find out if water safety devices are on hand at your destination. If not, you may want to bring life jackets and goggles from home.
Stay safe in extreme heat. Learn the signs of heat exhaustion and how to protect vulnerable people and pets. Learn more about staying safe in the heat.
Before you pack your bags, do your research to make your next trip fun and safe.
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