Traveling is why many Americans look forward to summer. It seems that this is especially true this year because nearly 85% of American adults plan to travel at least once this summer, according to The Vacationer’s 2023 Summer Travel Survey. In fact, about 44.05% of Americans are even planning to travel multiple times this season because they feel comfortable enough to return to their usual travel habits.
If you’re one of the many Americans traveling this summer, you must bring a few essential items that can help you have a safe and healthy vacation. To illustrate, here are the essential items that you need to pack before you start traveling:
It’s essential to apply sunscreen all year round, but it’s even more crucial to use it in summer due to the high UV levels during the season. One of the sunscreen brands that you can rely on is Banana Boat because of their accessibility, affordability, and wide range of options. The brand even has a product called Light As Air Sunscreen Lotion, which you’ll enjoy reapplying throughout the day due to its lightweight and non-greasy texture. If you have sensitive skin, you can use Alastin Skincare’s SilkSHIELD SPF 30 sunscreen instead because it is formulated with mineral ingredients that are gentle to the skin. This sunscreen also remains lightweight, silky, and moisturizing, even after many rounds of reapplication.
Aside from protecting your skin, you should also shield your eyes from the sun’s harsh rays by using sunglasses throughout your trip. It is best to invest in established sunglasses brands as their glasses will come with their latest sun protection technology. Many Ray-Ban sunglasses have Classic G-15 lenses, which were originally designed for military use and absorb a high percentage of visible light. Their classic Aviators, which have G15 lenses, have been a staple for sun protection since 1937 because they cover your entire field of vision and prevent any UV radiation from entering your eyes due to the teardrop-shaped lenses. Meanwhile, sporty travelers can use shades from Oakley because they’re designed to be comfortable and efficient for various adventures. These sunglasses are widely available in various malls in America.
Water and Saline Solution
If you’re exposed to the sun for a long period of time, you’ll be at risk for dehydration. As such, our article entitled ‘Tips for Traveling Through the Desert’ recommends that you hydrate yourself and seek shade whenever you’re traveling to destinations with hot weather, especially adventure vacations. You can lose a lot of water through sweat and exertion during this season, which is why you have to drink lots of water even when you don’t feel thirsty. You should also consider bringing saline solutions for your eyes and nose to add moisture back into your sinuses as you travel in the midst of the summer heat.
You can also ensure your safety during your vacation by bringing a life jacket. CNN emphasizes that even the most experienced swimmers should bring a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket because weather and water conditions can be dangerous, especially when you’re swimming in an ocean, lake, or river. Regardless of your swimming skills, you should wear a life jacket if swimming in wild bodies of water, particularly rivers, as there are strong and unpredictable currents.
No one wants to experience accidents or medical conditions during their vacation. As such, you must pack these essential items to guarantee your safety throughout the trip.