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What You Need To Survive The Summer

Posted on: September 1st, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments


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You’ve been looking forward to summer all year, now it’s finally here. Make sure you’ve got everything you need to make the most of it with these essentials. Some you may already be familiar with, others may come as a surprise.

1. Bring out the fashion.

Now’s the time of year to be more daring and also more comfortable with what you wear. Shorts, sandals, and sundresses are summer staples no matter how much fashion has changed over the last year. It’s perfectly acceptable to spend a whole day wearing more casual items, like flip flops and cut offs.

Transition from an early day strolling along the beach to an evening dinner by layering clothing. This keeps you warm as temperatures drop and spruces up your look.

2. Protect your skin.

Sunburn is one of the biggest concerns during these scorching hot months. Even on overcast days, the risk of damage is still there. Make it a habit to apply an high spf sunscreen everyday before you go out. Reapply frequently, especially if you’ve gone swimming or have been sweating.

Another way to protect your skin is to cover up. Wearing a hat protects delicate scalps from burning and keep you cool. Long sleeves can also help. There are also ways to bring shade wherever you go. A portable shade canopy that’s lightweight enough to take anywhere. These are great for long days spent outdoors at the beach, park, or even a festival.

3. Get active.

Certain sports and other fun activities are just more fun during the summer. Now’s the time to practice or learn swimming at a community pool, lake, or at the beach. Enjoy the outdoors by getting out your bicycle and cruising down the boardwalk, or organizing a ride with family or friends.

There’s also boating, volleyball at the beach, hiking in the mountain, and endless more possibilities for staying active. Don’t let the heat bring you down. Exercise during cooler morning or evening hours, or indoors whenever possible.

4. Stay hydrated.

Rising temperatures means a higher risk of heatstroke and dehydration. Be sure to always have a supply of cool water nearby, especially when being active. Refillable water bottles are great, and they’re good for your wallet and the environment too. Make sure pets stay hydrated as well.

Dogs left outdoors should have a bowl of cool water and a shady place to relax under. Cats enjoy water bowls or special pet fountains as well. Learn to recognize the signs of heatstroke, such as faintness, nausea, and headaches, in yourself and others. Get medical attention quickly because it can get serious fast.

5. Take time to relax.

Summer is the time to recharge and take stock of the year. You can do this in many ways, either in your own backyard or abroad. Traveling to an exotic locale for fun or just taking a weekend trip is a great way to relax and gain some much needed perspective. If you aren’t able to travel, create a getaway at home.

Set up a hammock in the backyard, make a margarita or other favorite drink and let your worries melt away. You’ll find that when September rolls around, you’ll be ready to face whatever challenges school, work or life will bring.

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