How to Stay Healthy in Las Vegas

May 14, 2013

A Las Vegas vacation should be fun, exciting, and interesting. On your trip to Las Vegas, you’ll want to do as much as you can. Getting sick could put a big damper on your vacation. No one wants to be sick in a hotel room when they could be out enjoying Las Vegas! Taking care of your health in Las Vegas is easy enough if you take some simple precautions.

First, be careful of the heat, especially if you haven’t been to Las Vegas before or if you’re coming from a much colder place; be prepared for warm temperatures. If the forecast doesn’t call for hot weather while you’ll be there, remember that the weather in Las Vegas can be unpredictable, so the temperatures might change at the last minute. In the heat, make sure you drink plenty of water. It’s a good idea to carry around a reusable water bottle or buy water as you go. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, you’re going to need to drink a lot. By the time you feel thirsty, you’re probably already dehydrated. If you drink alcohol or spend a lot of time in the sun, you’ll need even more water.

Visitors should also make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen. The desert sun in Las Vegas can be very strong, much stronger than what most visitors are used to. Wear sunscreen and re-apply often. It is best to apply sunscreen in the morning before you go outside and reapply a few times throughout the day. Sport sunscreen can be helpful because it tends to stay on longer.

People also tend to pick up germs and stomach bugs on vacation. The main culprit for stomach bugs is food poisoning, which can be caused by bacteria or improperly stored food. Always wash your hands before you eat. Nearly all hotels and food service establishments in Las Vegas meet health department standards but it’s always a good idea to double check. If you’re traveling with your own food, make sure you refrigerate everything properly; food can spoil quickly in hot weather.

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