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Sun-Safe Spring Break: Tips for Enjoying Outdoor Activities



Woman sitting in beach chair on the beach with a sun hat covering face

With the arrival of #springbreak, families across the globe are gearing up for fun-filled adventures in warmer destinations. As the cooler temperatures subside and kids enjoy a break from school, it's the perfect time to embrace outdoor activities, especially at the beach. However, with the joys of outdoor exploration come the risks of prolonged sun exposure. Here are some essential tips and tricks to ensure a sun-safe and enjoyable spring break getaway.


A group of friends hiking and standing together to watch the sunrise.

1. Embrace Early Mornings and Late Afternoons

Plan your outdoor activities during the early mornings or late afternoons when the sun's rays are less intense. This not only reduces your risk of sunburn but also allows you to avoid the peak hours of sun exposure, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Rows of colorful beach umbrellas and beach chairs on the beach

2. Seek Shade Whenever Possible

While soaking up the sun is tempting, remember to take breaks in the shade periodically. Bring along beach umbrellas, canopies, or seek natural shade from trees to protect yourself and your family from direct sunlight.


Two kids in rashguards surfing on a surfboard smiling and happy

3. Cover Up with Sun-Protective Clothing

Opt for lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses with UV protection to shield yourself from harmful UV rays. Sun-protective clothing with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) ratings can provide additional defense against sunburn.


A mother applying sunscreen to her daughters nose

4. Apply Sunscreen Liberally and Frequently

Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and apply it generously to all exposed skin, including the face, neck, ears, and feet. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more frequently if you've been swimming or sweating.


A woman exercising outdoors and drinking water to stay hydrated

5. Stay Hydrated

Spending time outdoors, especially in warm climates, can increase the risk of dehydration. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and avoid excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeinated beverages, which can contribute to dehydration.


A woman snorkeling underwater

6. Plan Water-Based Activities

Incorporate water-based activities such as swimming, snorkeling, or paddleboarding into your itinerary. Not only are these activities refreshing and enjoyable, but they also provide natural sun protection as you're immersed in water.


An indoor childrens playground

7. Take Breaks Indoors

When the sun's rays feel particularly intense, take refuge indoors. Use this time to explore indoor attractions, enjoy a leisurely meal, or simply relax in the comfort of your accommodation.


A boy on the beach in snorkel flippers, snorkel mask, sunglasses carrying a sand bucket and floatie

8. Monitor Sun Exposure for Children

Children are especially vulnerable to sunburn and long-term sun damage. Keep infants under six months of age out of direct sunlight altogether, and ensure older children wear sunscreen, protective clothing, and hats.


A group of friends at the beach laughing and kicking waves at one another

Conclusion

Spring break offers the perfect opportunity for families to unwind, explore, and create lasting memories together. By following these sun-safe tips and tricks, you can maximize your enjoyment of outdoor activities while minimizing the risks of sunburn and skin damage. So pack your sunscreen, don your sun hats, and get ready for a sun-safe and unforgettable spring break adventure!



Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional medical advice. For personalized recommendations, consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional.


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