Travel precautions are important, particularity in the summertime. Taking medical items is a good idea, particularly with children. Hot weather and sun can cause major problems. Water, either at the beach or a lake, can be a source of danger.
Most people look forward to summer as a time to relax, have a vacation, and some fun. Without careful planning and awareness and anticipation of possible medical problems, summer plans can be greatly disrupted. In thinking about the medical problems I have treated and those that friends have had, I have some suggestions. Because our weather is getting warmer and warmer, sunblock is very important for those who spend time outdoors. The only exception is babies under six months of age. Unfortunately, some dermatologists disregard this about infants, despite the urging of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Walking on the beach can be a problem if someone has left a broken bottle or there is some other sharp object. A first-aid kit is always wise to carry. Swimming precautions are important, particularly about diving into shallow water or not being aware of strong ocean currents.
Spider and snakes bites can be a problem in the desert or in canyons. I had to hospitalize one child, a visitor, because of a bad brown recluse spider bite. Fortunately, he did well.
There are some summer viruses that cause fever, headaches, and diarrhea. Good hydration and treatment of the diarrhea is important. The Hepatitis A vaccine is important for all to have and those traveling overseas should always check the CDC website to see what they advise for overseas travel. Taking along an antibiotic and some medicine for diarrhea, as well as aspirin or Tylenol for kids is always wise. Remember that most hotels have an M.D. they can call, so asking for help may be a good idea with an illness.