Traveling 101: The Dangers Of Staying Out In The Sun For Too Long


*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

One of the joys of traveling is that you get to see so many wonderful places all over the world. Specifically, you get to go to hot climates with loads of sun and feel like you’re in paradise.

We all love being in sunny weather, but it can be very dangerous if we’re not careful. There are lots of problems it can cause your body, and you need to know what these are. There are two issues listed below that are particularly problematic and dangerous. 

Sunburn

When you think of the dangers of the sun, you think of sunburn. This is a problem that’s more serious than a lot of people realize. When you burn your skin, you’re damaging the cells and could damage layers beneath it too. There's a sunburn so severe it causes blisters and seriously alters your skin. Not to mention the fact that burning your skin can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. 

First, you need to protect your skin and stop it from burning. To do this, you need high factor sun cream and must apply it all over, multiple times per day. Also, do the obvious thing and seek shade when the sun is at its hottest. Second, you need to properly deal with any sunburn you might have. If you click here, you will see a few tips on how to do this, but the main advice is to avoid more sun and keep your skin hydrated. 

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is an illness that occurs when it’s very hot, and you’ve made no attempt to seek shade or stay hydrated. You’ll start feeling dizzy, find it hard to breathe, feel confused, and might even pass out. There are lots of other symptoms, which you can see if you click this link. Needless to say, it’s not a good thing to happen when you’re traveling, particularly if you’re traveling alone in a foreign country. 

The obvious way to avoid this is by going in the shade when you feel too hot. This is probably the best advice for any heat-related illnesses. It’s not rocket science, stay out of the sun, and the sun can’t hurt you! Also, always have water with you to stay hydrated. I recommend a sun hat too to prevent the sun beating down on your head. Finally, try and take it easy, don’t go on any treks when it’s boiling hot and sunny!

There are other more minor issues that occur when you’re in the sun for too long such as getting a heat rash. However, sunburn and heatstroke are the most dangerous as they have severe consequences on your health. Dehydration is another big issue, but that leads to heat stroke, so there’s no point writing a whole paragraph on it as well! 

The bottom line is, make sure you avoid these problems by staying safe when it’s sunny. Don’t stay in the sun for too long and make sure you’re protected by sunscreen and a hat. 


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