Summer Travel Health Insurance Tips

By: Suchiv
Are you travelling this summer? Over exposure to heat can be especially bad for the elderly and children. Following some basic precautions can keep you safe.

1. Be indoors if you can between 10 am and 2pm. These are the times that are the hottest in a day. Stay in the shade or plan indoor activities during that time.

2. When outside, dress comfortably in light colored, light weight clothing that is loose. Hats are very useful to shield your face and neck in hot weather. It is very important to wear clothes made with natural fibers so they can breathe.

3. Use sunscreen (at least SPF 30) even if you are not planning on direct exposure to the sun. Check the label to be sure the sunscreen provides adequate protection and will not wear off quickly in water. Re apply sunscreen every few hours, even the strongest sunscreen can wear off in a few hours.

4. Do not wait till you are thirsty to drink water. The heat can make you lose lots of fluids make sure you replenish very often. Alcohol and sugary drinks must be avoided, they can make you dehydrated.

5. Extreme heat conditions can cause heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Heatstroke can be fatal and sudden. Failure of sweating mechanism causes the body temperature to rise and can result in loss of consciousness. Very hot, dry and red skin is a common sign. Immediately cool the victim with ice and cold water and rush them to the hospital.

6. Water and electrolyte loss can cause a less serious condition called heat exhaustion. The victim is fatigued and weak and may experience excessive sweating. Sometimes they may also experience muscle cramps because of salt depletion. Pale and clammy skin is a common sign. Provide rest and lost of fluids in a cool and well ventilated area.

Make sure you have adequate travel or visitor health insurance to protect you in case of an emergency. Speak to your insurance agent before you go out on your trip. Enjoy your summer!
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