Last year I teamed up with a well known sunless tanning brand to explain the benefits of sunless tanning. This year I thought I’d tackle it a little differently.
Whether you are a garden sunbather, a runner, a family having a picnic or an avid outdoor adventurer. It’s really important that you take this weather seriously.
I mean, we are in the middle of the best heatwave I think the UK has seen in years. I’m almost 30 and I don’t remember the last time it was this good anyway. It’s been a steady 25 degrees or thereabouts over the past 6 weeks or so and even beforehand it was already warming up nicely.
Britain is on the verge of running out of water, well we certainly are in Cheshire anyway, there is likely to be a hose pipe ban shortly and we’re all wishing that people would fuck off with telling us to enjoy the beating sun with our air conditionless houses, most of which were built to keep heat in by the way. No good when the sun just won’t stop shining.
We took another trip up to Moel Famau this weekend and the weather was incredible although of course any outdoor activities in this weather has its dangers too. Especially when you take the kids with you. Obviously, we’ve not been taking the dogs out as it’s just too much for their little furry feet.
I spent a few hours in the sun yesterday whilst on our little adventure and I spent an hour in the garden this morning soaking up some rays because it helps my eczema. I shouldn’t have to remind you of the importance of wearing SPF but sun cream does some wonderful stuff.
With that in mind I thought it would be helpful if I share some of the things I do to make sure we are all safe in the sun. What I’m doing, wearing, how we keep the kids safe etc, as there is nothing worse then going out unprepared and ending up with sun burn, heat stroke, weakness, injury, there are so many reasons that you need to stay sun safe when you love the outdoors like we do.
Wear appropriate clothing.
I always make sure to dress to the weather and the adventure. We go hill climbing and walking quite a lot so we’re well prepared when it comes to what to put on. Yesterday I opted for my trail shoes, some denim shorts and a loose cotton tee.
The kids both have walking boots which I make them wear when we are out and obviously shorts and tees to keep them cool and their shoulders covered. My son had to keep his cap on to keep his head covered, especially when we cleared the trees and the shade and were in direct sunlight on the climb.
Put on sun cream and take it with you.
I am mad on sun cream, I try to use it all year round and make sure the kids are caked in the stuff all day. There is nothing I hate more then when they get sun burnt or headaches from being in the heat too much. I always time them when in the sun and make sure they aren’t out for too long.
I love the Nivea kids sun cream and even I use the factor 50 one. I’m paranoid about moles and skin marks so always wear it when the sun is out. I have multiple products for my face and skin that also include SPF and try to stay protected at all times.
It needs to be reapplied every hour or so throughout the day and anytime that you spend more ten usual outdoors too. I know a lot of people apply and then leave it, even the all day protection ones should be applied several times a day. Is it really worth the risk? I don’t think so.
Take advantage of the shade.
When out on an outdoor adventure or activity it’s so important to take advantage of the shade. We would stop and make regular breaks while out yesterday and made sure to use the shade.
It allowed us a little rest from the intensity of the sun, a cooler place to sit and catch our breath and obviously meant that we weren’t subjecting ourselves to heat stroke or getting too hot while out adventuring.
Don’t underestimate how much water you will need.
It seems super obvious but hydration is super important. If you’re anything like me you’ll sweat buckets while out on an adventure that involves walking, running, climbing etc. Sweating means that you’ll be loosing fluids and needing to make sure that you keep your hydration levels topped up.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
We took roughly 3 litres of water with us yesterday. That was for four of us on a relatively easy going route in the sun. We finished the lot on the return to the bottom of the track. It may be heavy, and it may seem excessive but when it’s heatwave kinda weather, it’s better to have too much then not enough, am I right?
Stock up on the essentials.
We’ve talked water, clothing and sun cream but there are other things that I’d recommend taking with you. We take my favourite Osprey Europe rucksack with us and make sure it’s stocked with most of the things we’ll need while out. We take hydration gels, water, protein bars, cookies for the kids, sandwiches for scoffing when we reach the summit.
We also take spare caps for the kids, spare clothing in case the weather mysteriously turns and a fully charged phone just in case. It’s also handy for taking pictures or filming, like I did here.
There are probably so many more things that you need for staying sun safe when you love the outdoors. These are just some of the things that we do to ensure we have a good time with the family and remain safe whilst doing so.
– Emma Allen –
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