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Summer Safety Tips, Must-Haves, and FAQs Answered (2022)

Summer Safety Tips, Must-Haves, and FAQs Answered (2022)

Summer is here!  It is sun protection time.  

Now that the sun is out, it's time to get sun-safe! This article will talk about sun protection, things you should have in your summer safety kit to help you stay safe and protected this summer season. 

Table of Contents

  • Why is summer safety important?
  • What are the summer safety items that you should have with you?
  • What do I need to avoid while protecting myself from the sun?
  • How much sun should I get?
  • What else should I know about sun safety?
  • When should I put sun protection on my kids?
  • What are some sun safety tips for kids?
  • What other tips should I know about summer safety?

Why is summer safety important?

Everyone should be sun-safe because sunburns can lead to skin cancer (especially melanoma). It’s especially important if you're somebody who hassensitive skin

People should stay in the shade as much as possible between 10 am and 4 pm since this is when sun exposure can be most harmful. If you do go out during peak hours make sure to cover up with sun protective clothing like sun hats and sunglasses. 

Why is summer safety important?

It's also very helpful if you wear sun-protective clothing to protect your skin from harsh sun rays. By doing so, it helps lower your risk of sun damage.

Another issue that people should be cautious about is getting a sunburn on days when it's not as hot out. UV rays can still harm your skin even if you're just sitting in a park on a cloudy day.

It's important to note that UVA and UVB both cause harm to your skin so it might be best for you to stay away from sun exposure altogether. 

Looking for sun protection products? Make sure to get sun protective clothing, sun hats, and sun shirts. Also, try wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection!

What are the summer safety items that you should have with you? 

Sunscreen

One of the most important sun safety tips is to properly apply sunscreen! A lot of people think that if they buy sun-protective clothing or put on sunscreens with high SPFs, they will be fully protected from harmful UV rays. However, this isn't necessarily true. 

Currently, sunscreens are only required to contain an "SPF" (sun protection factor) number above 15 in order to be sold in the US. Some sunscreen companies have started testing sunscreens in countries where sunscreens must carry an SPF number higher than 15. 

sunscreen

When putting sunscreen on, make sure you're generous with the application and try putting on some every half hour or so depending on how sun exposure you'll endure. 

Sunscreen is essential for sun protection that can prevent sunburns or sun poisoning. 

Make sure to use at least 30 SPF sun protection and apply it for about 20 minutes before going outside (to let the sunscreen/lotion sink into your skin). Reapply if you are outside longer than an hour! 

The sun emits harmful rays even on cloudy days so make sure to wear sunscreen year-round not just during the summer months.

Sun Hat

A wide-brimmed hat is a great way to keep the sun away from your face, head, and neck which also helps with sunburns. Most sun hats now come with removable sun protection but even without it, wearing a sun hat alone can reduce your chance of getting sunburned up to 50%. 

There are many styles such as bucket hats for men or women or straw (Panama) hats that offer easy sun protection. In fact, you can check out thisbuyer’s guide when choosing the best sun hat that suits you and your lifestyle. 

If you’re on the lookout for the perfect summer sun hat, we’ve just got the collection for you! Choose among GearTOP’s finest no matter what your style is. 

Pick from wide brim with UPF protection options like theNavigator with UPF 50+ sun protection,Wanderer Series Hat,Discoverer Air, or theFloater Series that delivers great coverage for your face and neck! 

You can even opt for more casual yet chic options like theJasmine Series Sun Visor. They’re both perfect for the beach or a stroll at the park. 

Jasmine sun visor

For more intensive adventures, full face protection from the elements won’t stand a chance with the Discoverer Series andExplorer Series Sun Hat with Mosquito Net.  

Better yet, visit the GearTOP shop to see what these beauties look like. Pick and choose the best sun hat for you! 

Sunglasses

Sunglasses with at least 99% UV sun protection will keep the sun out of your eyes which helps prevent cataracts, macular degeneration, or other eye conditions caused by the sun's rays. 

sunglasses

There are many styles of sunglasses on the market today including aviators, wrap-around clips (for sports), and even magnetic-on sunglasses. Sunglasses can be inexpensively acquired at most places like a convenience store or gas station but also can be expensive at higher-end sunglasses brands. 

Sun Protective Clothing

Sun protective clothing is another good option for sun safety instead of an actual summer hat although these types of clothes may be more expensive. Learn why sun protective clothing is necessary here

A Bottle of Water

Whether you are sunbathing at the beach or sun tanning in your backyard, make sure to drink lots of water. Water is great for hydration and can prevent heat stroke which occurs when the body gets too hot and cannot cool itself down. Make sure to drink one bottle of water per hour while doing outdoor activities!

a bottle of water

What do I need to avoid while protecting myself from the sun?

  • Do not stay out in direct sunlight too long because this will cause sunburned skin which also makes you more sun-sensitive. This can result in sun poisoning. 
  • Do not tan because this causes your skin to age prematurely and increases sun sensitivity.
  • Avoid going out between 10 am and 3 pm as the sun's rays are the strongest at these hours of the day.
  • If you do go outside, wear a sun hat, sunglasses, sun-protective clothing, & sunscreen.

How much sun should I get?

Getting sun exposure is essential for good health but too much sun without sun protection can cause sunburns & sun poisoning so limit your time outside especially during the hours of 10 am - 3 pm because that's when the sun's rays are strongest! 

Just remember, even if it's cloudy outside or doesn’t have hot weather, there are UV rays that will burn you so be sure to wear sunglasses, a sun hat & other protective clothing & sunscreen!

How much sun should I get?

What else should I know about sun safety? 

Protecting yourself from the sun is very important for good health so it is necessary to take some precautions such as: 

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water so that you stay well-hydrated during summer activities such as playing sports or just being out and about outside. This way we don't lose fluids (water) through sun exposure or perspiration. 
  • Refrain from sun tanning as this is unhealthy for your skin and can increase sun sensitivity later on in life. Using an electronic sun tanning bed is especially harmful to the skin, eyes, & other parts of the body so it should be avoided at all costs (unless you want to look like a leather handbag).

When should I put sun protection on my kids?

When should I put sun protection on my kids?

Just like adults, kids need as much sun protection when going outdoors. Wearing a combination of sunscreen, sun hats, and sun-protective clothing will help them stay protected especially when they’re out during the peak sunny hours.   

Remember that the sun emits UV rays even when it’s cloudy so always better safe sorry because there's nothing worse than sun poisoning. 

What are some sun safety tips for kids? 

What are some sun safety tips for kids?

  • Be sure to put sunscreen lotion on your children every day before they go outside because sunscreen lotion provides sun protection for kids & adults alike. 
  • Apply sunscreen with sunscreen lotion or a similar product to all exposed skin generously and frequently. Don't forget the backs of your hands, neck, ears, feet, shoulders, & face since these are areas that people often forget about when applying sunscreen or other sun-blocking products. 
  • This will help protect you against sun poisoning plus prevent dark spots from developing on your body which would be especially noticeable if you have lighter colored skin compared to your natural pigment color.
  • Always stay in the shade when possible because being out in direct sunlight too long can sunburn you or increase sun sensitivity which means sun poisoning is more likely.
  • Apply sunscreen lotion with sunscreen on exposed areas & sun-protective clothing every day before going outside! Sun protective clothing, sunglasses & sunglasses are important sun safety items that everyone should always have for summertime sun protection no matter what age! 

Kids need as much sun protection as you. And they deserve the best of what’s available in the market. If you’re on the lookout for the best sun hat for kids, you need to check out GearTOP kid’s sun hat collection! 

Choose from cute but protective sun hats that feature a wide brim and UPF 50+ features that keep the lil’ ones protected as they explore their world. 

Visit the GearTOP Kids Collection Now

What other tips should I know about summer safety?

What other tips should I know about summer safety?

  • Eat healthy foods that have a lot of nutrients in them which gives our skin an extra layer of defense against harmful substances such as air pollution and UVA/UVB rays. 

This also strengthens our immune system which means we can fight off sunburns much faster so sun safety is a year-long type of thing, not just in the summertime.

  • Always wear sunglasses when you go outside because these sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and also prevent sun blindness (don't be like Jack Nicholson!) Never look directly into the sun because that could cause sun blindness!
  • Drink water or other healthy beverages to stay hydrated for sun safety. Dehydration is bad for physical activity and especially for our skin so make sure to drink enough water and limit Tostitos and salt (it's not healthy!).
  • Limit sun tanning to maintain good health & fade any existing unsightly sun spots or wrinkles. 
  • Protect yourself from sun exposure by getting sun-protective clothing. Sun protective clothing can be used year-round for sun safety because sun protection is a year-long thing not just a summer-only type of thing!
  • Apply sunscreen with sunscreen lotion or a similar product to all exposed skin generously and frequently. Don't forget the backs of your hands, neck, ears, feet, shoulders, & face since these are areas that people often forget about when applying sunscreen or other sun-blocking products. 

This will help protect you against sun poisoning plus prevent dark spots from developing on your body which would be especially noticeable if you have lighter colored skin compared to your natural pigment color.

  • Always stay in the shade when possible because being out in direct sunlight too long can sunburn you or increase sun sensitivity which means sun poisoning is more likely.
  • Always wear sun-protective clothing including sun hats, sun coat jackets, shirts, pants & shorts. Remember, even if it’s cloudy outside it's still important to use sunglasses because UV rays penetrate clouds so you could still burn up!

Buy GearTOP Sun Hats for Summer Safety

Geartop sun hat

  • Wanderer Series.Protect your skin as you go off into your adventures when you wear GearTop’s Wanderer Series Hat! This breathable wide-brimmed hat effectively shades your face from harmful UV rays while keeping you cool and fresh.
  • Floater Series.Featuring a wide brim GearTop’s Floater Series Hat, have the ultimate outdoor sun protection while staying comfortable and cool. Adjustable and waterproof, you’ll want for nothing when you sport this bucket hat.
  • Navigator Series.Get the highest level of sun protection as you spend time outdoors when you wear the Navigator Series Fishing Hat with UPF 50+ Sun Protection! Breathable and lightweight, this versatile sun hat is perfect for hiking, gardening, spending time at the beach, or any other outdoor activity! What’s more, this sun hat has also been redesigned for your little ones - theNavigator Kids
  • Discoverer Series.Stay fully protected as you step into every adventure with the Discoverer Series’ 360-degree protection, With removable flaps, protect not just your face but also your neck and ears from harmful UV rays. TheDiscoverer Kids has your lil’ ones’ sun protection needs covered. 
  • Discoverer Air.Not a fan of flaps? The Discoverer Air brings just as much protection from harmful UV rays for your face, neck, ad ears. Featuring a wide brim, breathable mesh panels, ad adjustable drawcord, stay protected and comfortable for any sunny escapade. 
  • Explorer Series.Steer clear of annoying bugs and stay protected from the elements when you wear GearTop’s Explorer Series sun hat! Featuring a removable mosquito net, get full protection from the sun, wind, dust, and insects as you spend time outdoors!
  • Jasmine Series.  Looking for a sun visor hat that delivers style, comfort, and protection? The Jasmine sun visor ticks all of these boxes – and MORE! With a ponytail hole, this chic headwear allows you to wear your hair any way you want. Whether you’re feeling a messy bun or want to let your hair down, it will look cute either way! 

Thanks for reading our article about summer safety tips and all the must-haves for sun protection throughout the summer months! Stay safe, stay covered & a happy summertime!

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