Technically, the beginning of summer is in June, but if you ask most Americans, the real start of summer is Memorial Day weekend! With a long weekend to look forward to, many will hit the road for their first beach excursion, host a barbecue and enjoy time with their friends and family.
No matter where you're headed this weekend, you and your loved ones' health should still be a top priority! Your flexible spending account (FSA) covers a surprising range of products that can help you prevent or tackle possible health issues with ease. When you're prepping for Memorial Day weekend, here's how to use FSA funds to welcome the warm weather season.
Sun care bundle
Unless you've been working on your base tan all winter long, your skin is far more susceptible to sunburns during the early summer. In addition to being extremely uncomfortable, sunburns can increase your risk of skin cancer, so make sure you and your loved ones are protected with sunscreen with broad spectrum protection. Broad spectrum sunscreen blocks out UVA and UVB rays, the primary wavelengths of UV light that contribute to sunburns.
Whether it's a minor scratch or an injury that may require more advanced medical attention, make sure you have a solution when a sudden emergency rears its head. First aid kits are a great investment in the early summer that you can keep handy around the house, in your car/RV/boat or wherever you're headed to respond confidently when an injury arises.
Going to play a game of pickup football with your friends? Or are you heading on a hike in your favorite state park? Elastic bandages are a great item to have around the house in the case of a muscle or tendon injury, as they can immobilize injured areas so you can heal more quickly.
If you're still contending with the worst of your seasonal allergies, be sure to pick up allergy medicine before spending extended time outdoors this Memorial Day weekend. Anti-allergy nasal spray can help you overcome seasonal triggers like tree/grass pollen, mold spores and even indoor irritants like mold and pet dander.(While you're at it, grab some Boogie Wipes for good measure!)
Your need for sunscreen goes way beyond the beach.
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Memorial Day weekend has arrived, and if you're like us, you're spending it enjoying the sun. So, before heading out for a day of picnics and barbecues, let's go through a few FSA-eligible items that will give you a little extra comfort during your days outdoors.
Anyone at a holiday barbecue knows it can be a calm, relaxed get-together … or you can attend one with kids. And once your kids are there, getting them to slow down for even a minute can be tougher than herding cats. This doesn't change the fact that kids need all-day sun protection when outdoors.
Our selection of spray-on sunscreens offer a wide range of benefits over traditional sunblock creams and lotions. For starters, they're much easier to apply on the go, so your kids don't miss out on any fun, and you don't spend half your day with lotioned hands, struggling to turn a doorknob.
Most importantly, these sprays are equally effective on wet or dry skin, so you don't need to worry about endless re-applications if the kids get sweaty or jump into the pool (five or six times). Instead, these sprays form an immediate breathable barrier for broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
Sunscreen is great, but sometimes you miss a spot. If you get a little too much sun (or if the sun gets a little too much of you) it's good to pack a bottle of sunburn relief gel or lotion.
Plus, some of these lotions can also relieve other skin irritations, scrapes, burns and even insect bites without an ounce of sting.
While many of the products in this category require a prescription to purchase with your FSA, if you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors this weekend and find yourself with a sunburn, it's worth speaking with your doctor about whether these products are right for you.
With all the activity at a Memorial Day cookout, you can expect some scrapes to happen. And we're not just talking about the kids -- backyard sports, grilling mishaps and other accidents can happen to anyone. That's why people carry a few spare bandages with them everyday.
Well, we recommend having a little extra reassurance for summer activities. Waterproof bandages offer the same level of wound protection, but also help keep pool water, muddy puddles and other seasonal splashes away from cuts and scrapes, to ensure nothing gets in the way of proper healing.
There are plenty of ways to make outdoor fun even better with your tax-free FSA funds. But the three links above should give you a head start on a safe, sun-protected summer for your entire family.
Children's sunscreen stays on strong for those days at the beach, park or wherever else life takes you. We've got your little one covered.
Stop sunburn pain with FSA-eligible aloe vera that soothes the skin after a day out in the heat.
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If you have a flexible spending account (FSA), it can cover a wide range of potential medical products even ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
Got big Memorial Day plans? The unofficial start of summer is the perfect opportunity for a road trip or a trek to another spot on the globe, but before you start using those hard-earned vacation days there are plenty of items to tackle on your pre-vacation to-do list. Of course, your best-laid plans can fall apart if you or a loved one becomes sick or experiences an injury during your trip, but there are ways that you can plan ahead for the worst.
If you have a flexible spending account (FSA), your benefit will cover a wide range of potential medical products and medications to help you respond quickly in a travel emergency.
Here are a few great options to keep in mind this Memorial Day weekend from FSAstore.com:
First Aid Kit
In most parts of the U.S., you can get by with a small first aid kit to handle minor injuries, but if you'll be heading to another country with limited access to medical facilities, a more comprehensive first aid kit is a smart addition to your travel pack. Pick a kit that features a full slate of wound care supplies, space for personal medications, and common medicines that can tackle digestive issues, dehydration, pain relief and allergies.
If you're heading to a part of the globe where the sun is particularly strong during the daytime, your sunscreen needs to be up to the challenge. Dermatological sunscreen is far better suited to more extreme environments that can complement any skin type, as well as remaining active after coming into contact with water or sweat. Best of all, this sunscreen will not clog pores and will actually nourish the skin as it protects from the sun's rays.
Do you have a long car or airplane ride ahead of you? Sleeping in an upright position is extremely difficult for some people, but it's much easier to get some shuteye with a neck support pillow. These pillows help relax neck muscles by providing padding for the neck and head, to provide all around coverage to help you sleep comfortably.
Contending with itchy, watery eyes during allergy season is tough enough, but do you know how your body will respond when in a new environment with foreign trees, flowers and other allergens present? Plan ahead of time with eye drops that can clear up redness and symptoms associated with allergies, as well as being an effective means of rewetting the eyes if you wear contact lenses.
If you take multiple medications or vitamin supplements each day, save some space in your bag and bring along a pill container instead. This will keep your pills organized by day and it can fit easily into a purse or backpack.