Summer is an obvious time for large outdoor events — bright sunny days, high temperatures, and a general feeling of relaxation perfect for sporting events, music festivals, picnics, and other celebrations. Unfortunately, it's also a time for sunburn, dehydration, and other heat- and sun-induced problems. Here, a reminder of things to think about before heading out for a long day in the sun.
- Stay hydrated. I'm sure you'll hear this advice all Summer long, but there's a reason that everyone keeps reminding you to drink water. It prevents dehydration, which will not only cause you to miss out on the event, you'll be feeling icky, too.
- Wear sunscreen. If you look sunburned and feel sunburned it's too late! Protect yourself with SPF 15 or higher. Not only will you avoid a painful burn, you'll protect yourself from harmful UV rays that can cause skin damage, wrinkles, and cancer.
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- Watch what you eat. Between foods that zap your energy, which will leave you sluggish and lethargic all day, and salt-laden favorites like french fries and corn dogs (come on, who can resist?), what you put in your body will have a direct effect on your energy level throughout the day.
- Watch what you drink. It's best to avoid alcohol and caffeine all together when you're spending a day in the sun, but if you're a music festival and sports fan like me, a couple of frosty beers are practically a necessity on a perfect Summer day. Balance each alcoholic drink with at least one glass of water.
- Bring your own water bottle. Many outdoor events provide free water refills for patrons. In addition to being eco-friendly (no plastic bottles!), bringing your own refillable bottle is wallet-friendly, too. Just remember that most venues won't allow you to come in with a full bottle, so arrive with it empty.
- Pack sunglasses. Increased UV exposure is not only bad for your skin, it's bad for your eyes, too; too much exposure can lead to cataracts and glaucoma. Contact lenses protect your irises, but since they don't cover the entire eye, parts of it are exposed.