The coats and thermals are now all packed away into hibernation. Shorts, tee shirts and tank tops, swimwear, sneakers, and flip-flops are the everyday fashion trend once again. Oh, and let’s not forget plenty of water, sunscreen and sunblock, hats, and sunglasses as well.
But what do you plan do during the summer? Kids are out of school, the weather is more inviting, and there are events taking place just about everywhere all season long, from fairs and carnivals to outdoor movies and conventions.
If you haven’t already, take a look at our Idea Bandages page. Not only will this provide you with many ideas for you and your family, but this will also give you locations and other search sites for the activities and ideas listed.
Maybe you would benefit more from the list of activities on our Extra Aid page. Whether you’re looking for ebooks, a list of summer activities, or summer reading resources, you’re sure to find it here.
Perhaps you plan to spend most of your summer outside. We usually do! In that case, check out our GYFO Initiative. If you’re not yet aware of it, familiarize yourself with it and discover why it’s different from other outdoor- and activity-enthusiast websites and efforts. Then take a look at the tips and ideas to make the great outdoors great and enjoyable for you as well.
No matter your choice for summer fun, remember to be and play safe. Dehydration is a problem in the heat. Eight glasses of water per day is what’s recommended when you’re not active, but when you are active or outside, it’s usually necessary to at least double that recommendation. Caffeinated, sugary, and alcoholic beverages can actually exacerbate and speed up dehydration. Teas, sodas, and beers may sound refreshing, but they’re actually quite the opposite.
Sunburns and skin cancers are also concerns. Sunscreens and sunblocks are not the same. As the names suggest, sunscreens screen you from harmful UV rays, while sunblocks are formulated to block UV rays. And make sure you reapply every hour; one application will not cut it for a full afternoon at the beach or playground. Increase your protection from UV rays by wearing sunglasses that provide UV protection, hats (the wider the brim, the better), and even clothing enhanced with UV protection (you can find these at regular stores like Target now). If you do get burned, use aloe and/or cold cabbage leaves to relieve the pain and heal your skin.
Get outside and enjoy the summer. You don’t need to fear the sun or avoid it altogether; just be prepared and use caution.