Memorial Day weekend is here! Many people will be traveling around the country. Some are going to the nearest lake and others are jetting off to destination weddings. For us Coloradoans, we head to the mountains. This weekend kicks off an entire summer of activity. See the tips below to ensure a safe time.
For the lake:
Don’t booze and boat, or booze and swim, or light any fires while intoxicated. It just won't end well.
Wear life jackets while swimming and boating.
Learn to swim and teach your kids to swim.
Wear waterproof sunscreen and remember to reapply often.
It’s always a good idea to let someone know your plans. Inform that special person about your route and your return date. Notify them if your plans change.
For the spouses of individuals who take part in extreme mountain recreation activities:
Don't let your spouse go alone.
Know where they are departing from and when they plan on being home.
Get the phone numbers of all the other spouses that your SO like to go with.
Bring several layers of clothes. It is common for the weather to go from hot to raining to snowing in the same day.
Wear a hat and sunglasses.
Wear sunscreen and make sure you reapply and then reapply again. Do this especially if you are bringing the kiddos along. I don’t know how many times I have seen a sun burnt kid throwing a fit at the end of their Memorial Day vacation. The parents always say, “Well, I did put sunscreen on them.” And I always ask, “Did you reapply it after 30 minutes and then every two hours after that?” The answer is usually, “Ahhhh..... no.”
Wear some good shoes and I don’t mean heels, flats or flip flops. I mean hardcore tennis shoes or hiking boots with a firm sole.
If you have a compass and map of the area, take it with you. If you don’t have these items, get them.
Don’t drink the water, don’t let your kids drink the water and don’t let your dog drink the water. Bring 2 quarts of water or more per person per day.
Be equipped for your outing. Bring a tent, matches, first aid kit, whistle, mirror, and flashlight.
Don’t separate and always keep your kids within sight.
Watch the booze. Fire and drunk people don’t mix well.