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The Essential Safe Summer Travel Tips

If you’re heading out this summer, here’s what you need to know

July 01, 2022

The summer travel season is upon us, and it’s expected that millions of Americans will be on the move this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has added another layer of consideration as you make your summer plans. It’s not just about making sure you have your bags packed, but knowing the level of community spread and the public health guidelines at your destination and for your trip home.

The CDC has provided guidelines and recommendations to travel safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are few things you should consider:

  • COVID-19 Community levels:  The CDC frequently updates its COVID-19 travel recommendations by destination, assessing the risk based on the level of community spread.
  • Know the rules:  It’s also important to know the regulations and requirements for travelers coming to and from the U.S.
  • Check your symptoms:  You should not travel if you have COVID-19 symptoms, test positive, or are awaiting results of a test.
  • Masking:  Although not required, the CDC recommends people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.

In addition to traveling safely, it’s important to be ready for the summer heat. Pennsylvanians should be prepared for the potential health effects from the summer weather. This is especially true for older residents, infants and young children, people with chronic medical conditions, and those who must work outdoors.

When preparing for summer vacations and outdoor activities, remember to:

  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing; a hat or visor; sunglasses; and SPF 30 or higher sunscreen with broad spectrum coverage (reapplying as necessary).
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day—do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Limit outdoor exercise and stay indoors in air conditioning on a hot day.
  • Exercise early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the hottest part of the day. Pace yourself when you walk, run, or otherwise exert your body.
  • Never leave children, pets, or older adults in a vehicle.
  • Check on people who may be more at risk of developing health issues from extreme temperatures, such as infants and young children, people 65 and older, people with chronic medical conditions.

HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospitals encourage everyone to have a safe, healthy, and happy summer. Taking precautions will have you ready for an exciting summer season.

Learn more summer safety tips online.