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6 essential items to pack for your summer getaway

Your summer plans may look different than you had originally planned this year. Whether you’re camping, RV road tripping, kayaking, or hiking new trails, it’s always good to be prepared for an unexpected minor injury or illness.

While you pick out your gear and pack your clothes, consider saving some room for these important items.

1. Sunscreen

Anytime you’re outdoors, you need to protect your children's skin -- as well as your own -- from the summer rays. You can get a sunburn within the first 15 minutes of sun exposure, even on cloudy days.

Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before venturing outside. Look for one that’s labeled “broad spectrum,” which will protect you from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Dermatologists recommend SPF 30 or higher.

2. First aid kit

Having a first aid kit on hand during your summer trip is key to ensuring injuries don't ruin the fun for everyone. Consider including the following items:

  • Antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin
  • Anti-itch cream, such as hydrocortisone or calamine lotion
  • Aloe vera, in case of sunburn
  • Band-aids (assorted sizes)
  • Disinfecting hand wipes
  • Gauze and adhesive tape
  • Instant ice pack
  • OTC medications (Tylenol, Advil, Benadryl, Tums, Dramamine, etc.)
  • Tweezers for removing slivers

With this kit, you’ll be all set to tend to minor scrapes, injuries and ailments.

3. Hand sanitizer

Germs are everywhere, and with COVID-19 still a threat, keeping your hands clean and avoiding touching your face are more important than ever. For times you don’t have access to soap and water, be sure to carry hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Apply frequently, especially before and after eating, using the restroom, or being in a public place.

4. Cloth face covering or mask

COVID-19 guidelines may vary across state lines, so to be prepared, it’s a good idea to keep a few masks on hand (in your car, in your purse, etc.). Facial coverings are now mandatory across Washington in any indoor public space, or outside public spaces when unable to physically distance from other people. Wearing a face covering can help protect you and others around you, even if you’re not exhibiting coronavirus symptoms.

5. Water bottle

Staying properly hydrated is critical when spending time outdoors during hot weather. When you’re having fun in the sun, it’s easy to lose track of time and not realize your body is getting dehydrated.

Try to drink water throughout the day before you actually feel thirsty. The exact amount of water you need varies according to an individual’s weight and activity level. If you’re consuming alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, you will also need to drink more water.

For a quick indicator, check your urine color. If it’s darker than the shade of lemonade, it’s a sign you need to drink more water.

6. Healthy snacks

Eating foods with a high water content, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, can help keep you hydrated. In addition, dried fruit, nuts, whole-grain muffins, and granola bars or protein bars can give you an energy boost between meals. Choose a few of your favorite snacks that are easy to transport and that won’t make a melty mess in the heat.

Online and in-person care

We hope you and your family stay safe while making new summer memories. If you or your child does end up with a minor injury or illness, we have care options for you. Indigo Online Care offers quick e-visits and video visits from your phone when you’re on the go.

Or, bookmark Indigo Health to find a location near you. Our friendly care teams are here for you from 8 am to 8 pm every day, with locations across the Puget Sound and Inland Northwest (Spokane) region. We have precautions in place to make your visit safer. And, we’re ready to get you on your way to feeling better fast so you can get back outdoors and have fun.  


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