Summer is a time for fun and adventure, but it’s vital to stay safe while enjoying the sun and fresh air. Nothing can ruin a fun outdoor escapade faster than an accident or injury. So, whether you are camping, biking your favorite trails, hiking in the mountains, or just headed to the beach or the pool, here is some advice to help keep you safe on every outdoor adventure in Smyrna this summer!
Apply (and Reapply) Sunscreen
One of the greatest ways to safely enjoy any outdoor activity is to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 will help prevent sunburn and skin damage. Apply a cream sunscreen, not a spray, and apply sunscreen all over your body, including your face, neck, ears, and scalp.
Then, make sure to reapply sunscreen at least every two hours if you are sweating or swimming. Sunscreen only lasts so long, so it’s important to keep reapplying it throughout the day to guarantee that you are still protected.
Wear Protective Clothing
One more sure way to protect yourself from the sun is to wear protective clothing. Long-sleeved shirts and pants, hats, and sunglasses can help keep the sun off your skin. If you are going to be in the water, wearing a rash guard or wetsuit will also help protect your skin from the sun’s rays.
It’s important to stay hydrated, especially in summer when it’s hot and sunny. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and carry a water bottle with you so you can take a drink whenever you need to. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol in them – they will make dehydration worse.
If you are going to be hiking or doing any other strenuous activity, bring along some sports drinks to replenish your electrolytes. And if you have plans of going to the desert or at a high altitude, be sure to drink even more water than usual.
Avoid Peak Hours
One of the best ways to avoid harmful UV rays is to avoid being outdoors during peak hours. The sun’s rays are the strongest between 11 am and 2 pm. If possible, try to plan your outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon/evening, when the sun is not as strong. This will help you stay cooler and avoid getting too much sun.
Know Your Limits – and Come Prepared
It’s important to know your limits when you are outdoors. If you are not used to hiking in the heat, start with shorter hikes and work your way up. And if you are a newbie to camping, consider starting with car camping before venturing into backpacking.
You should likewise be aware of your physical limitations. If you have a medical condition that makes it problematic to be in the heat or cold, take steps to stay safe and comfortable.
Lastly, brush up on your basic first aid and recognize the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. It’s always better to be safe than sorry! Carry basic first aid items like cold packs, burn spray, aloe vera gel, bandages, itch cream, and pain relievers when you head outdoors.
Watch Out for Wildlife
When you are outdoors, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and watch out for wildlife. If you are hiking in the mountains or woods, make sure you know what kind of animals live there and how to avoid encountering them.
Some animals, like bears and mountain lions, are more dangerous than others. But even small animals can pose a threat if you’re not careful. For example, snakes and spiders can be found in many different outdoor environments, so it’s important to know how to avoid them and what to do if they bite.
Always Tell Someone Where You’re Going – and When You’ll Be Back
Whenever you head out for an outdoor adventure, it’s important to let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back. This is particularly important if you are going solo or if you are going to be in a remote location.
If something happens and you need help, someone must know where to find you. So, before you head out, even if just to the local swimming pool, make sure to leave a detailed itinerary with a friend or family member.
This summer, you can enjoy all your favorite outdoor activities while staying safe from the sun and heat by following these safety tips. So get out there and enjoy the great outdoors!
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