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15 tips for having a safe summer outing

by: DREAMSTIME PHOTO - Remembering to pack a few safety essentials can help ensure that your next camping trip will be a safe one.Summer has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest!

For months Oregonians trudged through the torrential rains imploring the sun to show itself. This year, Portland residents even found themselves trekking along Burnside — some by bike and on skis — through Snowpocalypse conditions.

For many Oregonians, the next couple of months will bring a chance for a long-awaited escape from work or school. For those lucky travelers, it’s time to kick back and enjoy the open road or the friendly skies.

While summer vacations may be jam-packed with fun-filled visits to the Oregon coast, California Redwoods, camping trips in Yellowstone or road trips to theme parks, staying safe this season will help ensure that you and your family have a great vacation when hitting the road the rest of July, August and September.

“We want every Oregonian traveling this season to have a fun and enjoyable summer vacation while staying safe and healthy,” says Dr. Chau T. Le, D.O., of Adventist Health Medical Group.

Adventist Health recommends these 15 tips to better prepare Portlanders and their families who are heading to the beach, the mountains, or across the border this summer.

n Stay hydrated with water, whether you’re by the pool or on a hike.

n Remember to pack any medications you use regularly and ensure they are clearly labeled in original containers.

n Bring a second pair of contacts or eyeglasses just in case.

n Keep medications and eyeglasses in carry-on luggage when flying, as checked bags are sometimes lost.

n Wear a medical alert bracelet to let others know about unique allergies or health needs in emergency situations.

n Pack Epinephrine (or an EpiPen) if you have severe

allergies.

n Carry family insurance cards in case you find yourself in the emergency room.

n Wear broad spectrum sunscreen (at least SPF 15) and bring aloe vera gel in case of sunburns.

n If you plan to be on or near the water during your trip, make sure to wear fitted life vests that are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

n Pack the appropriate strength of insect repellent to avoid pesky mosquitos and other bugs.

n Avoid eating raw or undercooked meats and seafood.

n Be aware of warning signs and symptoms of illness.

n Bring a stocked first-aid kit that includes antiseptic wipes, hydrogen peroxide, bandages, burn relief gels or packs, tweezers, calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream, cold medications, ibuprofen/aspirin, antacids and other pain relief aids.

n If your child is traveling without you, send a medical authorization or emergency release form with family or friends with whom your child may be traveling. If he or she gets sick or injured this will allow someone you choose to authorize medical treatment in an emergency situation.

n Schedule an appointment with your doctor ahead of your trip to discuss medications and/or immunizations that might be necessary for your excursion (This tip is more geared toward international travel, but it may still be relevant for domestic

travel).

And for you dog lovers out there, remember that summer heat and long road trips can be grueling for your pets. If planning to travel with your four-legged family members this summer, make sure Fido has enough food and fresh water throughout the trip to keep him happy and healthy.