A Guide for Traveling to Hot Climate Areas

Traveling to hot climate areas makes some people sick. This problem is common among people that are not used to heat. Young children, elderly persons, and individuals with chronic illnesses are at a higher risk of getting sick when they travel to hot climate areas.

However, even healthy and young people can also get sick when they participate in heavy or strenuous physical activities when they travel to hot climate destinations. That’s why it’s important to know how to prevent or avoid heat-related illnesses, injuries, or even death when you travel to hot climate areas.

Steps for Preventing Illnesses and Injuries when Traveling to Hot Climate Areas

Among the steps to take to prevent injuries and illnesses when traveling in hot climates include:

  • Drinking fluids in plenty
  • Wearing lightweight, loose, and light-colored clothing as well as sunscreen
  • Scheduling outdoor activities when its cooler outside
  • Resting more often and trying to stay under a shade while outdoors
  • If you intend to engage in strenuous activities when you travel to high climate areas, try to make your body adjust by exercising at least an hour per day in a hot area before you leave.

Generally, overheating causes heat exhaustion. This is also called heatstroke. Symptoms of heatstroke include profuse sweating, excessive thirst, confusion, dizziness, nausea and headache. If you or a person that you are traveling with starts to show these symptoms, take appropriate action immediately.

Basically, when a person develops any of these symptoms, it’s wise to get away from the sun or hot area immediately. Fan the body to cool it off and drink water. It’s important to note that heatstroke is life-threatening. In fact, it’s a medical emergency. Therefore, seek medical attention immediately if these symptoms persist even after trying to cool off the body and drinking water.

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