Tips for Safe Summer Enjoyment When Headed Outdoors

Summer is here, which means we’ll all be spending more time outside. Whether you’re packing the cooler full of snacks for a trip to your favorite hiking spot or slipping on some work gloves for a productive day of gardening, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful outdoors this season. Make sure you and your kids stay safe by following these summer tips:

  • Protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays by applying sunscreen before heading outdoors–preferably SPF 30 or higher. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10am and 2pm, so it’s recommended that you seek shade during this time of the day.
  • Another risk associated with excessive sun exposure: Overheating! Since dark colors more easily absorb the sun’s heat, wear light-colored clothing. Not only will you stay cooler, you’ll also be able to better spot ticks and other insects that might try to hitch a ride on you!
  • Tote a water bottle around with you wherever you go. When temperatures rise, it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated with plenty of fresh, cool water. Although good old-fashioned H2O is your best option, keep things interesting (but still healthy!) by sipping on some unsweetened green tea, diluted fruit juice, or even just plain water with sliced fruit, cucumbers, or mint thrown in. 
  • When hiking or spending time in nature, guard against ticks by dressing accordingly–at the very least, wear a hat and opt for socks that go above the ankle! It can be difficult to see these opportunistic, often disease-carrying parasites, so have a friend or family member give you a quick tick-check after outdoor recreation.
  • Keep your social distance and bring a mask when exploring trails and other sights to see.

We hope you fill your summer with plenty of outings to beautiful Bucks and Montgomery County open spaces and historic sites! On Saturday, July 25th, we’ll be hosting a virtual Q&A about Mushrooms of Heritage Conservancy; we encourage you to go to one of our preserves for a hike and then join us for the Q&A! Learn more HERE.