Getting away from it all and jetting off to a Caribbean beach or some other sunny destination is great and that sun is sure to put a smile on your face, particularly if your home town is a little less warm. But be careful when you travel to a hot destination. While you need to be careful in the sun at home, you need to be extra careful when you are in a tropical or hot climate. Protect yourself and your family in the sun so you avoid health problems in the future.
Keep out of the sun when it is at its hottest. This isn’t just at midday – you will find the sun to be hot from 10am or 11am until 4pm, so you should seek shade during this time. Always were a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or above, even on cloudy days. And cover up with clothing like a broad brimmed hat, a shirt and sunglasses.
If you are traveling with a baby, keep them out of the sun completely until they are around six months old, when you can use sunscreen. Young children should never be exposed to strong sunlight without protection and older children will need to have regular applications of sunscreen. Have children play in the shade at the hottest time of the day.
Enjoy the sun but don’t overdo it and don’t burn. Sun burn puts you at increased risk of melanoma and also ages your skin. If you are suffering from sun exposure or bad sun burn, visit a doctor. Make sure you have visitor health insurance if you are traveling to the US as medical care of even a routine nature can be expensive in the US. Visitor insurance helps cover the cost of accidents and illness abroad.