How to Stay Safe in the Summer Heat

by Julie Walter

It’s no secret that the Florida heat can be brutal. However, that doesn’t mean your kids have to be stuck inside all day. There are fun and safe ways to get outside and enjoy Florida this summer!

Go Early

   The mornings are the perfect time to get outside before the hottest time of day. Try packing a bag the night before so you can enjoy a fun morning of hiking, biking or playing in the park.

Stay Hydrated

   Make sure to keep your kids and yourself hydrated while spending time outdoors. Bring water bottles filled with ice and locate a water fountain at your destination for refills. Pack watermelon, strawberries and cantaloupe as a refreshing snack to keep you hydrated and cool.

Find the Shade

   Before setting up your picnic, try to find an area with plenty of shade. Pack an extra blanket or towel so you can comfortably find the best spot in the park. If you are going to the beach, invest in a beach tent to hide out under when you or your kids need a break from the sun.

Use Sunscreen

   The sun not only brings heat, but it also brings powerful rays that can cause skin damage. Pack sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and UV protective clothing for the entire family, and don’t forget to reapply that sunscreen throughout the day.

Find the Water

   When in doubt, find the closest water source. A day at the beach, the river, the lake or a local water park can make for a fun and refreshing “daycation.” If you are looking for an at-home solution, water balloon fights, sprinklers and slip and slides are a great way to get outside and cool off in the summer heat.