Three must-pack summer safety essentials

You have likely opted shoes for sandals as we are amid a hot summer, and like every change in season warrants a switch in wardrobe, the same should go for your essentials. As you continue to soak up what is left of summer, be sure to pack these three summer safety necessities when you leave the house.

Be sure to check the latest public health recommendations and guidelines to protect yourself while outside of your home.

1.   Pack a water bottle to stay hydrated

The hotter your body is, the more you will sweat, which is a good sign your body is working to cool you down. However, this means you are losing fluids, which could lead to heat exhaustion or dehydration. It can be difficult to accurately spot signs of dehydration, so focus on boosting your hydration by drinking plenty of fluids, especially during the hot summer months.

2.   Protect your skin and apply sunscreen

The sun is not your enemy, but too much exposure can be dangerous. Skin cancer affects people of all ages, and the main cause is exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR), primarily from the sun. One of best ways to protect yourself, according to the Canadian Cancer Society, is by wearing a a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher, and if you work outdoors or plan to be outside most of the day, use an SPF 30.

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your lips and find one that offers both UVA and UVB protection (usually labelled “broad-spectrum”).

3.   Bring a cover up and seek shade

There has been a significant increase in melanoma diagnoses in the past 25 years. When spending time outdoors, cover up by wearing a hat, sunglasses and clothing designed to protect you from the sun. Be particularly vigilant when you’re near water or sand as they reflect the sun’s rays.

If you are not one to bring a bag or like to carry things, source a travel size sunscreen or a compact or foldable hat. You are now all set to enjoy the blue skies ahead and the warm summer weather while it’s here, with confidence about how to stay hydrated and protected from the sun. Enjoy!

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