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Biggest Risks for Popular Summer Activities

What’s on your to-do list this summer? I’m driving to Ohio for a wedding and flying to a cabin in Michigan, so I’ve got my road trip and water safety tips all ready to go.

While my summer line-up doesn’t include incredibly strenuous activities, I’m always cautious in new surroundings to avoid any injuries or surprises.

Here are some things I like to keep in mind when I’m on the go, which you may find helpful as well. Are there other summer safety thoughts that cross your mind around this time of year? Let us know what they are and how you keep your summer fun safe and enjoyable!

Summer Travel Safety Risks

Did you know sprains and falls are some of the most common misfortunes travelers may face? Depending on your plans, here are some other risks to watch out for:

  • Cruise: Sprains are the most common injury for someone on a cruise, along with contusions and other superficial wounds.
  • Camping and mountain trips: Falls are the biggest threat, many due to poor decision-making, lack of skill or not being properly prepared. Dehydration is also a danger.

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So what’s a summer-loving person to do?

  • Pack: Appropriate clothing, insect repellent, sunscreen and first aid items. Include soap, tweezers, wound gel, personal medication and items such as fever reducers, fungal creams and pain relievers.
  • Know: The level of ability of the people in your group and the environment around you.

Head over to redcross.org to find tips for specific situations, such as getting stung by a jellyfish or dealing with a blister.

Bonus Preparedness Points: Classes and Apps

Oh, so you’re an overachiever? Want all the safety arrows in your quiver? Get suited up with a couple more critical resources.

  • Take a Class: Prepare for the unexpected with First Aid/CPR/AED training.
  • Download Apps The Red Cross First Aid App has instant access on how to treat common emergencies as well as a hospital locator which is helpful for travelers, and the Emergency App is a single ‘go-to’ source for weather alerts and safety tips.

Stay safe out there, folks!

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