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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Advice For Camping Safely: Part 2

Enjoy Your Outdoor Visit Without A Trip To Urgent Care

This weekend, a lot of families will be taking off to camp at nearby lakes or to find a quiet place to enjoy fireworks for 4th of July weekend. It’s for that reason and for future summer camping trips that CareXpress Urgent Care staff have come up with a list of camping safety tips to share with our readers. In part one of this blog series we mentioned getting caught up on vaccinations, packing plenty of fresh water and healthy foods, and being aware of how much time is spent in the sun.

Here are 3 more camping safety tips for the second part of our urgent care blog series:

Tip #1- Plan safe physical activities. Preventing a visit to an urgent care by avoiding fractures would be a wise choice. If you’re not used to hiking long distances, climbing large hills, or water skiing all day long then just take it easy. Don’t try to over-do anything just because it’s a camping trip. Hiking, walking and swimming can keep you active, but be sure to bring the right protective gear with you such as; tennis shoes, helmets, life jackets, fresh water, and lots of sunscreen!

Tip #2- Keep an eye out for poisonous plants. Wherever there are woodsy areas there is bound to be poison ivy, poison oak, and/or poison sumac. Avoiding these plants is the best prevention, but if you happen to get a rash and you’re unsure about it, check in with one of our urgent care clinics for rash treatment options.

Tip #3- Beware of insects, arachnids, and other bugs. When camping it’s tough to avoid insects like wasps, bees, biting flies, or mosquitoes. Furthermore, ticks, part of the arachnid family, are one of the most common problems in tall grassy and woodsy areas. To repel many creepy crawly things remember to pack a bug repellent for everyone to wear.

These are a few basic camping safety tips to help remind you and your family of things to keep everyone safe. We hope you have a great 4th of July celebration and if you have camping plans at any point this summer, we hope you remain safe! If you need to visit any of our CareXpress Urgent Care locations, please click here for our addresses and hours of operation.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Advice For Camping Safely: Part 1

Enjoy Your Outdoor Visit Without A Trip To Urgent Care

It’s that time of year when a lot of people look forward to spending time at the lake or camping off grid. If you’re among the many families that will be partaking in camping trips this summer, then this two part series of articles might be helpful for you. CareXpress Urgent Care staff have compiled a list of camping safety tips to make sure that everyone has a great time outdoors, without having to make a run to visit an urgent care.

Here are 3 camping safety tips for the first part of our urgent care blog series:

Tip #1 – Get caught up on vaccinations. You never know what kinds of diseases can be caught by being in the wilderness. It’s helpful to make sure all of your vaccines are up to date.

Tip #2- Pack plenty of water and healthy foods. Staying hydrated while spending time outdoors is highly important. Nothing beats clean, fresh drinking water for replenishing electrolytes. A lot of people are tempted to pack junk food items, because it seems easier, but if you can help it try to take healthier snacks. For safety reasons, keep cold foods cold by placing them in an insulated cooler. Make sure you separate raw foods from the food that requires cooking so you don’t contaminate anything. Of course, avoiding eating any raw meats is a safety must. To make certain your meat is fully cooked, bring along a meat thermometer (should be at least 160°).

Tip #3- Take breaks from the sun. When you’re in the sun, it’s a good idea to put on sunscreen, because too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can be harmful to skin. It’s also important to take breaks from being in the heat of the sun, because of the risk of heatstroke. Relaxing under a shady tree between swims, fishing, boating, etc. may be helpful to minimize your time in the sun.

These are just a few general camping safety tips to help remind you and your family of things to keep everyone safe. Enjoy your camping trips and the rest of your summer vacation! If you need to visit any of our CareXpress Urgent Care locations, please click here for our addresses and hours of operation.