Memorial Day weekend marks the start of beach season in many
areas of the country. Travelers purchase cheap
airline tickets or pack up the car, bound for surf and sand. Whether
traveling with family, friends, or taking a trip solo, follow this advice to
make the most of your beach vacation this summer.
Pack plenty of sunscreen because solar rays can damage skin.
UVA rays contribute to skin aging and increase risk for developing skin
diseases including skin cancer. UVB rays create sunburn and may also contribute
to skin cancer. Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher and
reapply it as directed on the manufacturer label. Limit direct exposure to the
sun between 10 AM and 4 PM.
Solar rays can also damage the eyes so wear sunglasses that
absorb 90 percent or more of UV sunlight. Wearing a hat prevents sun from
hitting the face and eyes directly. Staying under an umbrella keeps you cool
while preventing direct sun exposure. Set up a separate umbrella for children
to play, nap, and eat under, keeping them protected.
Take plenty of water and stay hydrated, even if you are not
thirsty. Encourage children to do the same by providing them with individual
water bottles. Be proactive so re-hydration will not be necessary. Most
travelers do not want discount airline
tickets to a beach destination to land them in the hospital due to
Only swim at a beach protected by a lifeguard and stay in
designated swimming areas. Never swim alone and keep at least 100 feet from
jetties and piers. Keep an eye out for rip currents and changing weather
conditions. Staying safe on a beach vacation makes the trip enjoyable without
worry. Click here to find a discount
airline ticket for a 2012 beach destination.