This article is packed with timely tips for those of us who are looking forward to the warmer weather and plenty of sunshine. Summer is the time of year when just about everybody is eager to enjoy activities in the sun which is often not very kind to unprotected skin. Exposing the skin to intense sun robs the body of precious water, moisturizers, damages skin, damages hair, even damages the eyes. And of course the hot humidity attracts lots of biting bugs and mosquitoes. One think that I do is prepare a personal summer survival kit for those days out in the sun. Place the items in a zip-lock bag or a cosmetic bag with a secure zipper. Drop it in your favorite tote and take it along with you on your trips around town, to work, or out for fun.
Your Personal Summer Survival Kit
Summer Survival Items
Large Hat - I like the look of those large straw hats or even a baseball cap.Anything with a wide brim to deflect the sun is perfect. And consider changing to a shampoo and conditioner with SPF protection to protect hair and scalp on days hair and scalp are exposed to bright sunlight.
Bandanna - Carry or wear a bandanna around the neck to absorb sweat or remove sweat from the face. Bandannas are stylish and versatile and it is easy to use the bandanna to pull hair back and wrap into a pony tail or wrap around the hair to protect from summer sun and heat.
Small Mini Fan - Slip a personal mini fan into your tote when going outdoors. This hand held fans are very compact weighing mere ounces but provide a very effective cooling breeze.
Wet Wipes - I prefer the baby wipes with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E because they soothe and moisturize dry skin while removing perspiration. It is also a breeze to remove makeup with the wipes.
Stylish Sunglasses - Eyes need extra sun protection. Without sun protection the eyes are exposed to dangerous sun rays risking corneal damage. Never leave home without a pair of glasses to protect eyes. Purchase sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection.
Bug Repellent - Carry a DEET free bug repellent like Burt's Bees herbal insect repellent or Badger anti-bug balm to get rid of mosquito's. Or carry eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil or citronella oil to rub on exposed skin. These essential oils ward off mosquito's.
Lip balm - Lips need protection from the sun's UVA rays too. Most lipsticks do not have enough sun screen protection for sensitive lips. Buy lip balms with extra strong SPF. Burt's Bees, Blistex, and Natural Ice produce lip balms with SPF 8 and above.
Sunscreen- Many moisturizers have added sun screen but these might not be effective enough to protect your skin. Doctors Recommend using SPF 30 or higher. Burt's Bees Sun Screen SPF 30 is one to try. The product is chemical free protects skin naturally.
Deodorant - Slip a natural deodorant like Tom's of Maine that is chemical free and gives long lasting protection into your tote to freshen up during the day. Try the original care deodorant stick or long lasting deodorant roll-on.
Scents/Cologne - Include a mini size essential oil or cologne fragrance in your summer survival kit.. Any oil or cologne in scents like lavender, sandalwood, jasmine or rose, soothe and relax the body and mind. Use caution, some of these scents attract flying insects.
Natural Breath Fresheners - Don't let a sour mouth sour your whole day. Carry a natural breath freshener like licorice or cloves with you.
Bottled Water - By the time you feel thirsty you are probably already dehydrated. Prolonged thirst might lead to dehydration and heat stroke. So, always carry your favorite bottled water in your tote to quench that summer thirst. I always carry a water bottle around with me during the summer. Some people like spring water or natural water. I simply use tap water because the water in our city taste just as good as some of those designer waters.
Face Spray - Spray the face with cool water. Here is how to make your own inexpensive face spray. Buy a mini size bottle with spray attachment at the dollar store and fill with water. Spray on face when you feel overheated.
Power Bar - Natural and organic power bars generate energy. Something many require especially during the hot and humid summer months. One popular power bar is Clif Energy Bar. Available in several different flavors. Packed with plenty of vitamins, minerals, protein.
Cellphone - Always carry a fully charged cellphone, especially during the summer. Then, if you should experience heat exhaustion help is just a phone call away.
Include all the items mentioned or mix and match. At least carry a few for your own body care and total summer care and protection.
Article Updated for Summer 2012