Summer is right around the corner and chances are your family is gearing up for some fun times. Yes, the warmth of the season is a welcome relief for many after a cold, cold winter.
However, staying safe in the sun is vital but don’t let that dampen your enthusiasm to have fun in the sun.
Here are 5 ways to have fun in the sun, safely:
1. Head Out During Non-Peak Hours
First of all,stay sun safe and try to avoid the hours when the sun is at its hottest, that is, between 10 AM and 3 PM. Schedule activities for before or after these hours and you’ll lessen your risks of UV exposure.
2. Slather on the Sunscreen
Regardless of the time, never, ever forget to use your sunscreen. Use one that is SPF 15 or higher and if you’re headed for some water fun, make sure it is waterproof.
3. Invest in Sun Protective Clothing
UV protective clothing is your best bet when it comes to sun protection. We spoke about how to buy sun protective clothing so that you stay safe when out at the beach or on a picnic. Also, while you’re at it, make sure you buy a sun hat and a good pair of sunglasses, for yourself and the kids to up your sun protection levels.
4. Keep Food Chilled When Out and About
Summer picnics and road trips can be a lot of fun, but the heat can make food go bad really quickly. So, make sure that you bring icepacks and keep the food on ice or better still, use insulated carriers to pack your food in, so that it stays chilled till the time you want to eat it. Since the food will be cold, it will be a good idea to pack items like sandwiches and salads that don’t need to be reheated before being eaten.
5. Stay Hydrated
Finally and most importantly, stay hydrated. Drink enough water and no, alcohol and sodas are not a substitute. Just good, ol’ water is perfect and will keep you from getting dehydrated whether you’re out cycling or playing baseball.
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Disclaimer: The article is not intended to replace medical advice and is strictly for informational purposes. Please check with a medical practitioner in case of any doubt.
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