Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day! The long May weekend capped by a Monday honoring service always signals the start of summer. Whether you have a great assignment lined up or you’re taking some time off, here are some quick tips for hot fun (and safety) in the summertime:
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Make like a thirsty plant and water yourself! Drinking lots of water is great for your body year-round and it’s especially key to replenish yourself with fluids in hot weather.
Slather on the Sunscreen
Use at least SPF 15 and above, and make sure your bottle advertises UVA and UVB (or full spectrum) protection. And always remember the magic word when it comes to sunscreen: reapply.
Mind the Hottest Time of Day …
Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. the sun’s rays are at their strongest and it’s best to avoid them when possible. But don’t worry, you can still experience the great outdoors; just use this time to enjoy some shade. There, you just made lemonade. Mmmmm, lemonade in the shade.
… But Make Sure to Get Out There and Enjoy Yourself!
With your busy schedule you may not have the luxury of an extended vacation this summer. But don’t let that keep you from getting out there and having some summer fun. A lot of entertainment can be found close to or within your current home base. Hit the beach (or pool), catch a baseball game or an outdoor concert, get out all your favorite sundresses or shorts, brew a batch of sun tea and sip it while you leisurely read some trashy summer novel, go camping with friends (did someone say s’mores?!), catch fireflies, buy seasonal produce at the local farmer’s market and fix a fresh summer recipe for dinner, tube down a river, visit an amusement park (waterslides, wave pools, and roller coasters — oh my!), grill out or dine al fresco at a local restaurant, go on your city’s first Friday art walk, join a sand volleyball team, have a picnic in the park, walk barefoot in the grass, go canoeing, or surfing if you’re near the waves (build a sandcastle while you’re there), hit up any local carnivals and festivals, or keep it super simple and take a hike in the forest or botanical gardens/on the boardwalk/through the downtown district. And one more thing: ice cream! Whatever you do, enjoy this time. We’ll be complaining about the cold again before we know it!