Staycations and days out are once again the highlight of the British summer. So NHS Lincolnshire CCG has some top tips to help you to make the most of your time without having to worry about sunburnt shoulders or a dodgy tummy. If you’re off out over this summer follow these simple survival tips.
Ensure that you have enough water as dehydration can leave you feeling thirsty, dizzy and tired.
You can easily combat these symptoms by ensuring that you drink plenty of water and often, it will also give you more energy to party on! Keep a refillable water bottle on you to help keep yourself hydrated when on the go.
We all like to socialise however drinking large amounts in a short period can increase your risk of accidents, misjudging risky situations and losing self-control.
It’s recommended drinking more slowly, drinking with food and alternating alcoholic drinks with water or soft drinks. Drinking plenty of water whilst consuming alcohol will also prevent dehydration, which is what causes many symptoms of a hangover.
Don’t forget to take a hat, sunglasses and sun cream to keep you safe from the sun, and spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm when the sun is strongest.
Apply sun cream regularly and use at least SPF 15, however SPF 50 will give you the best protection.
But don’t be tempted to leave sun essentials behind if the weather’s looking glum – you can still damage unprotected skin even when it’s cloudy!
Staying safe in the sun and drinking plenty of water will also prevent you suffering from heat exhaustion, and in severe cases heat stroke, which can put a strain on your vital organs.
Equally, those sunny days can turn into chilly nights, so don’t forget to pack extra layers to keep you warm when out at night. If you’re camping, keep your tent stocked with warm, dry clothing and blankets as your tent alone may not keep you protected from the cold.
Also, don’t forget to grab those wellies and a raincoat – we all know the British weather has the habit of raining unexpectedly.
The chance of picking up a bacterial or viral stomach bug is much higher when around larger numbers of people and using communal facilities. Washing your hands well and regularly with hot soapy water is the most effective way of preventing a stomach bug, but keep anti-bacterial gel on you to avoid being caught out.
Take plenty of your own toilet-roll and wet wipes to reduce your reliance on communal items.
Ensure that you have a well-stocked first aid kit with you and remember that you can ask your pharmacist if you suffer from conditions such as hay fever, sunburn, bites or stings as these can be readily treated with over the counter remedies.
Remember to take enough of any prescription medication you may need, as the medical centre might not be able to supply you with this.
Make sure you look out for your friends and ensure they are also following these survival tips, and of course – have fun!