5 Tips For Getting Outdoors This Summer

Trail runningSummer is a difficult season for people who like spending time outdoors. Blazing heat, lush thickets of poison ivy, swarms of insects, and slithering critters are enough to deter all but the bravest outdoor enthusiasts. While many prefer to sit in the air-conditioned comfort of their own homes, others will get outdoors at any cost. If you’re set on spending time outside this summer, we’ve got some advice for you. Here are five tips to help you get outdoors this summer.

Stay protected from the sun

The sun can be brutal during the summer. Here are some ways that you can keep safe:

  • Get outside earlier in the day or later in the evening
  • Wear clothing with a high UPF rating
  • Apply sun screen to exposed skin
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Use lip balm to prevent chapped or sunburned lips, or to soothe after.
  • Wear a wide brim hat
  • Seek shade from a tree, shade tent, or sun shelter

Take it easy

It’s easy to overdo it when it’s hot outside. Rather than go all out, stick to lower intensity activities. Find a leisurely hike, go camping, ride a bike, or sit in a boat.  If you decide to do something a little more rigorous, pace yourself. Take rests when needed, and go at a slower speed than you normally would. Factor in more time for you trip so that you can go at a reasonable pace and take breaks when necessary.

Be critter conscious

Mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, snakes, whatever. Bugs and critters are abundant during the summer. Luckily there are some things that you can do stay protected.

  • Wear insect repellent. This is the best thing that you can do to reduce bug bites. We recommend Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula with 20% picaridin.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants to help limit your exposure to insects and bug bites.
  • Avoid tall grass to reduce exposure to, ticks, chiggers, and snakes.
  • Watch where you step. Snakes like to lurk behind logs, under rocks, and in holes and crevices.
  • Wear boots with a mid to high top for extra protection against snake bites.

Head for the water

Splashing in some water is one of the best ways to cool off on a hot summer day. Whether you’re heading to your favorite swimming hole, floating a canoe down an easy going river, or taking to the lake for a whirl on a stand up paddle board, the water is your best friend during the hot summer months. Speaking of water…

Stay hydrated

Dehydration can lead to problems like fatigue, impaired physical abilities, and impaired judgement. Dehydration also increases the risk of heat-related illness. Make sure that you stay hydrated while outside this summer. Your body needs more water when it’s hot outside, especially if you’re being physically active. Plan on bringing at least 100 ounces of water with you, and as always drink water even if you aren’t feeling thirsty. Thirst is a sign of dehydration.

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