Ah, picnics! That quintessential activity that people of all ages enjoy. Indeed, in the summer months, beaches and parks are your best options while in the winter months you may have to be a bit more discerning in terms of location. Regardless, picnics are enjoyed by all due to the good food, good ambiance, and good company. There are, however, some picnic safety tips that we would all do well to remember. Do take note of these so that you have a less stressful and more pleasant experience the next time around.
Prepare For The Elements
This is extremely important especially if you’re living in an area where the weather can change drastically throughout the course of a day. It is always advisable to bring jumpers or scarves for layering in the cold. These can then be removed when it gets warmer.
Ensure That Washrooms Are Nearby
Imagine having to walk for a mile to the nearest washroom every time! That would be inconvenient and for some, impossible. Another thing to take note of is that the bathrooms are accessible or wheelchair friendly so that they can be used by everyone!
Bring Suitable Food
Suitable varies from person to person thus it is best to check with your loved ones what they can eat beforehand. If food has to be pre-cut before eating, it is best to do that at home rather than in front of everyone. Alternatively, you could even ask your loved ones to cook – this not only makes them feel involved but also you’re assured that they will like and be able to eat the food!
Minimize Sun Damage
Whether we are in the sun for 5 minutes or five hours, some damage to the skin is inevitable. This is especially true in older adults with thinner skin. Ensure that sunblock is applied at regular intervals. If your loved ones are more prone to sun damage, it may be a good idea to choose a location with plenty of shade.
Hydration is of utmost importance especially when we are outdoors. If you go for a whole day outing, ensure that each person has between 90 to 120 ounces of water. This helps prevent heat strokes as well. If you notice your loved ones not drinking enough water, do remind them because while we don’t always feel thirsty, it is still important to drink enough water.
Spray Insect Repellent
There is surely nothing more annoying than insects that flitter about intent on latching onto our skin. For some people, however, a minor insect bite can lead to serious infections. Thus, it’s advisable to use insect repellent in the form of patches or bottles, whichever is more convenient.
Remember Daily Medication
If there is medication that your or your loved ones take every day, it is important not to forget it. A good way to carry these is in small boxes so they don’t get crushes. If you forget to take it, you may want to contact your primary physician on the best course of action.