Summer is here! Growing up as a child, summer to me was three months of no school. Living blocks away from Waikiki Beach the ocean was my playground. A lot has changed since then, especially when it comes to safety. How can we be safe and still have fun during the hot summer months at the beach?
Remember even though it may be overcast you should apply sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours especially after swimming or sweating. Using protective eye wear and big hats to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays is also important. Remember the hours between 10 am – 2 pm is when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest! Seek shade as much as possible.
Drink water and being mindful that caffeinated drinks and alcohol will dehydrate you. Water can be boring but by adding cucumbers, mint or lemon slices may make it enjoyable and refreshing for your pallets. Don’t forget to bring an IP Tangerine or a Mangosteen water enhancer.
Leaving food out too long can cause bacteria to grow to dangerous levels which can cause serious food poisoning. Dangerous levels of bacteria start developing when food temperature is between 40 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. So packing a cooler with ice and keeping your cold foods below 40 degrees is ideal. Don’t forget to pack your IP snacks, cut up your favorite “Select Veggies” and don’t forget the pickles! 😊
Always keep your eye on your children especially near any body of water. Teaching them good habits to observe the elements and surroundings before and while playing will pay dividends in the long run. Practicing what you teach not only sets the example for them, but your keiki will also appreciate your guidance.
As we all say “Lucky We Live Hawaii!” Let’s put our phones away and enjoy the beauty of the mountains, trees and ocean that surrounds us. Let’s enjoy a fun filled summer with our loved ones and fill our memories full of joy and laughter! Be safe and cherish every moment!