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How to Spend More Time Outside In Summer for Endless Enjoyment

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors. The days are long, the weather is warm, and there's so much to do. However, the intense heat, strong UV rays, and pesky bugs can sometimes put a damper on our plans.


Don't worry! We've got some easy and helpful tips to make your time outside fun and comfortable.  From lounging by the pool to having a picnic or playing in the backyard, this guide will show you how to spend more time outside in summer for endless enjoyment. Let's make the most of the sunny days and create wonderful summer memories!


5 Ways to Make Summer Feel Endless and Maximize Your Time in the Sun


Family enjoying ice pops in the pool


As summer brings long, sunny days, there are many ways to make the most of this vibrant season and ensure your time in the sun feels endless. Here are five tips to help you enjoy every moment to the fullest.


1. Plan Your Day


Calendar drawn in a bullet journal


Planning your day can help you enjoy more time outside during the summer. Start by checking the weather forecast to choose the best time for outdoor activities. Mornings and late afternoons are often cooler and more comfortable.


Make a list of fun activities you want to do, like going for a hike or camping, lounging in the pool, having a picnic, or playing games. Set a schedule to fit in all these activities without feeling rushed. By having a plan, you'll be able to fit in more fun activities and make your summer days feel longer and more enjoyable.


2. Protect Your Skin


Sunscreen on arm


To protect your skin while spending time outdoors, it’s important to choose the right sunscreen with the right SPF. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and it measures how well the sunscreen can protect your skin from UV rays. An SPF of 30 is generally ideal for most people. It blocks about 97% of UVB rays, which are the primary cause of sunburn and can lead to skin cancer.


When applying sunscreen, make sure to cover all exposed skin and reapply every two hours, especially if you are swimming or sweating. Wearing protective clothing, like long sleeves, hats, and sunglasses, can also help shield your skin from UV rays.


Remember, even on cloudy days, UV light can still reach your skin. Therefore, make sun protection a part of your daily routine. Enjoy your time outdoors without worrying about sun damage by taking these simple steps to protect your skin.


3. Stay Hydrated


Holding a glass of water


Staying hydrated is very important, especially when spending time outside in the summer heat. Your body loses water through sweat, so you need to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and keep your energy up. Always carry a water bottle with you and take small sips throughout the day. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water daily, but you might need more if you’re active or it’s really hot.


Eating fruits and vegetables that have a lot of water, like watermelon, cucumbers, and oranges, can also help keep you hydrated. Avoid drinks with caffeine or lots of sugar, like soda and coffee, because they can make you more dehydrated.


Always remember to drink water before you feel thirsty. Thirst is a sign that your body is already mildly dehydrated. By keeping yourself hydrated, you’ll feel better and have more energy to enjoy your summer days outside.


4. Create Cool and Comfortable Spaces


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Making your outdoor space cool and comfortable can help you enjoy more time outside during the hot summer months. Start by setting up areas with plenty of shade. You can use umbrellas, pop-up tents, or even set up a simple canopy. If you have trees, their natural shade is perfect.


If you’re lounging by the pool, consider using seat shades for your lounge chairs. These shades attach to the back of the chair and can be adjusted to block the sun while you relax. They help keep you cool and protect your skin from UV rays.


Another idea is to use portable fans or misters. These can cool the air around you, making it more comfortable to sit outside. Arrange comfortable outdoor seating like cushioned chairs where you can relax and unwind. Also, choose lightweight, light-colored materials and breathable fabrics for your outdoor furniture and cushions.


5. Keep Bugs Away


Mosquito on your arm


Keeping bugs away can make your time outside much more enjoyable. Start by using insect repellent on your skin and clothes to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Look for repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil, as these are very effective.


Set up citronella candles or torches around your seating area to help keep bugs at bay. These release a smell that bugs don’t like. You can also use bug-repellent plants like lavender, mint, or marigolds around your outdoor space.


Make sure to get rid of standing water where mosquitoes can breed. Check for any puddles or containers with water, and empty them regularly. If you’re eating outside, cover food and drinks to prevent attracting bugs.


Spend More Time in the Sun This Summer


People hanging out around the pool


Summer is a wonderful time to be outdoors and create lasting memories with your family and friends. Don’t let the heat or bugs keep you indoors. Try out different outdoor activities, have picnics, play games, or simply relax in a shaded lounge chair. The more you embrace the outdoors, the more enjoyable your summer will be.


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