Summertime is travel time

The first day of summer (also known as the summer solstice, June 21st) marks the beginning of travel season for many in Canada. Read on to learn about travel activities, supplies and health tips.

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Get travelling

Summer in Canada is the ideal time for exploring our amazing country. Whether you choose to check out some of our more remote regions or to relax at lakeside cottages or resorts there is something for everyone.
Activities such as hiking, biking, camping, kayaking and other water sports and are popular across country. Closer to home you can find local festivals, outdoor concerts and other summer events. Or you can take time out to visit the beach or take the family to the zoo. Whatever you fancy there’s plenty places you can travel to and new things you can do.

Things to do

Looking for new things to do? The activities below can fit into almost any travel plan from day trips to weekend getaways to 10 day excursions or more.
  • Zip lining
  • Zorbing (OGOing in an Outdoor Gravity Orb)
  • Road trip to another city or province
  • Whale watching
  • Going to the rodeo
  • Taking in a show with a local summer theatre
  • Artist vacation, with paints or photography
  • Golfing under the midnight sun
  • Checking out festivals outside your area
  • Learning how to deep sea dive
  • Rock climbing
  • A houseboat vacation
  • White water rafting
  • A wildlife photo tour

Cottage and camping supplies

  • Waterproof matches
  • Cooking supplies (pots, pans and utensils)
  • Axe/saw/knife
  • Sewing kit
  • Rope – for clothesline, securing watercraft, bundling firewood, etc.
  • First aid kit
  • Whistles – to warn away wild animals or for use on the beach
  • Heavy garbage can with lid that locks
  • Sealable plastic containers – to store food or anything you want to keep dry
  • Life jackets – adult and child sizes
  • Flashlights / lanterns and batteries
  • Sunscreen and wide brimmed hats
  • Insect repellent (may need one for children and another for adults)
  • Rubber boots and rain jacket
  • Books, board games and playing cards
  • Outdoor games and water toys
  • Cell phone and emergency charger for it
  • Provincial health card
  • All medications you are taking, and a list of them

Children & travel health

Children can sometimes have special travel health issues. Consider the following:

For motion sickness
  • Dimenhydrinate (Gravol®) (ages 2 and up), given 1 hour before travel and then every 6 hours as needed
  • Scopolamine patch (ages 12 and up)
For earache (from air travel)
  • Chewing gum
  • Blowing against a plugged nose
  • Decongestants are not recommended

For dehydration (children dehydrate faster than adults)
  • Avoid any strenuous activity during hot/humid days; avoid activity when sun is strong; drink plenty of fluids
  • Drink lots of fluids – try sports drinks with carbohydrates and sodium
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Important information

The Pharmacist at Walmart knows plenty about summertime travel issues and can give you tips about how to be best prepared. Just ask!

This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.

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