How to stay safe in the sun is one of the most important things to remember when on your summer holiday. Whether you’re holidaying in the UK or abroad, the sun can be very dangerous if you haven’t taken the proper precautions, especially when this summer is predicted to be the hottest on record! As a very fair-skinned individual, I know all too well the struggles of trying to stay safe in the sun and as this week is National Sun Awareness Week, we’ve put together a handy guide to what you should pack for your summer holiday in order to protect yourself against the sun.
You can never have too much sunscreen!
Without a shadow of a doubt, top of every list when packing for a summer holiday should be sunscreen. Make sure you bring plenty of it and higher factors for young children and those with fair skin. If you’re going on a beach holiday or to a holiday cottage with a swimming pool, you should also consider buying waterproof sunscreen. Think about bringing a protection spray for hard-to-reach places such as the part-line of your hair, or lip balms with SPF; both places are easy to forget but will be very uncomfortable and unsightly if burnt! If you do manage to catch the sun a little too much, you’ll also be glad of having packed a cooling after-sun cream to sooth and moisturise your burnt skin.
Think about your choice of clothes
Another obvious choice is to pack light, cotton clothes that will not only keep you cool but will also help protect you from the sun, although it is still recommended that you wear sunscreen underneath. Tops that cover your shoulders and hats are great ways to help you stay safe and sunglasses are also essential for protecting your eyes.
How to protect yourself on the beach
If you’re heading to the beach, you should always bring something with you to cover up with; perhaps an old t-shirt for men or a kaftan for women. Bringing a couple of old t-shirts with you will also be ideal for children to cover up with when they’re in the sea as the water reflects sunlight, making you more susceptible to burning. A great tip is to always bring flip flops to the beach with you if you’re planning on sunbathing as they’ll prevent the soles of your feet getting burnt- ouch! It’s also nice to have access to shade when you’re on the beach so bringing a parasol or wind-breaker with you is a good idea.
One piece of advice that is always circulated concerning staying safe in the sun is that you should drink lots of water. Rather than buying expensive bottles of water every day, bring flasks with you that will keep liquids cool. You can re-fill these as often as you need to and carry them around with you during the day, ensuring that you and your family are always kept hydrated.
If you still haven’t booked your summer holiday, why not check out Sykes Cottages’ fantastic range of self-catering holiday cottages in the UK and Ireland? If you’d like some help on deciding where to go or on picking a cottage, you can visit our website and get in touch with our dedicated reservations team, who are on hand to help from 9.00am to 9.30pm, 7 days a week.