The Summer Solstice isn’t until June 21st, but many of us are going to unofficially kick off the season this weekend. Memorial Day Weekend, a time designated to honor those who have served and sacrificed for our country, marks the beginning of the summer travel season and the beginning of summer-time fun. Enjoying the summer season means plenty of time outside in the sunshine, and that can pose a risk to your skin. Heat and other factors during the season should also be considered and prepared for. Are you making the summer switch-over in your everyday life? Here are some tips and tricks to help.
An Everyday Go-Bag
Families with kids know: summer is a time for spontaneous fun. Camp and other organized activities may be in your future, but the “down” time of summer is often marked by all of the last-minute gatherings that happen along the way. Blend in trips to the park, day-trips to fun destinations, or just lounging in the yard, and you’ve got the potential for a lot of unscripted fun. What do you pack for the random outings? The following items are perfect to keep in your bag:
- A bottle of Sunscreen (broad spectrum, SPF 30 or above)
- Reusable water bottles (BPA free)
- Wide-brimmed hats (the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends these over baseball caps)
- Easy, healthy snacks that won’t spoil or melt in the heat.
Keeping these items in your everyday “on the go” tote is a great catch-all for when spontaneous fun calls and you want to keep your family protected from the sun’s rays and dehydration.
A Summer-Ready Car
Getting your car summer-ready can mean a few things. First, this is a great time to make an appointment with your mechanic if you haven’t seen them in a while. If you’re thinking about a road-trip or even just zipping around town all summer, having your mechanic check your tire pressure, your battery and your coolant is a smart way to assure you’ll have a trouble-free summer. AAA has a lot of great tips for what to think about when preparing your car for summertime.
Remember that your car can be an important resource while you are out of spontaneous adventures. Consider keeping bottled water in your car in case of emergency, as well as a bottle of sunscreen, bug spray, and a first-aid kit. AAA recommends that you consider keeping the following items in your car:
- A phone charger
- Flashlight with batteries
- A few snacks
- Booster cables
- A basic toolkit
These will ensure that if anything comes up while you’re away from home, you can keep yourself and your family safe and relatively comfortable while you wait for help or come up with a fix.
A Sun-Safe Wardrobe
It’s really easy to think of summer wardrobe only as fashion and not as functional or protective. However, giving careful consideration to a more sun-safe wardrobe may be a good idea. Clothing is your skin’s first defense against the sun’s harmful rays. The more of your skin that’s covered, the better off you are. Tightly-woven fabrics like denim provide excellent protection against sunlight, while looser fabrics like sheer silk provide very little. There are plenty of ways to create a summer wardrobe that is light, fun, comfortable in the weather, and yet protective of your skin.
We’re all about celebrating the sun here at Solar Five. Summer presents all sorts of opportunities to get out and enjoy all the gifts of New England summer. However, making smart, protective choices is just as important as finding the joys of the season. We hope these tips will help you have a happy, healthy summer!
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