Spring has officially sprung! If the warm sunshine is starting to peek through your window, you’re probably considering making your way outdoors for a great pick-me-up after a long, dreary winter.
But don’t get started without being prepared for what else these warmer seasons bring. Here are 5 products you should keep on hand for a safe, enjoyable spring and summer.
You should always wear sunscreen on the exposed parts of your body – including your hands – every time you head outdoors. First, try to apply immediately before sun exposure, and then reapply every two hours after.
For a lightweight, moisturizing lotion complete with SPF, try using Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15.
2. Aloe Vera or Other Sunburn Remedy
In case you miss a spot while applying sunscreen – or simply forget to put it on – keep a sunburn soother, like aloe vera, on hand for light sunburns. Do not use these lotions if your skin blisters, as this could lead to infection. More serious burns may need a doctor's attention.
3. Insect Repellent
Did you know that light-colored clothing is best to repel insects? It is less appealing to insects that bite and you can also more easily spot insects on you. Insect repellents that contain DEET, indalone, Rutgers 612 or DMP are also good protection against bites, particularly in heavily wooded areas.
4. Antihistamine or Anti-itching Cream
Oral antihistamines and topical anti-itching creams can be a lifesaver. Whether it is a bug bite or poison ivy, people have different responses to these situations. Sometimes, they trigger life-threatening emergencies if the person is highly allergic and has breathing problems. In that case, call 911. But in most cases, keeping these products on-hand should do the trick.
5. Emergency Kit
You can buy fully stocked first-aid kits at the pharmacy or make your own. Be sure to include:
- Antibiotic ointment
- Antiseptic solution
- Bandage strips and bandages
- Instant cold packs
- Gauze pads
- Soap or hand sanitizer
- Sterile eye wash
- A healthy, filling snack
6. Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is important all year, but especially if you’re getting outdoors and more active. Drinking plenty of water is especially great as the seasons and weather changes. Remember: when you’re feeling thirsty, drink.
Other products to have, especially when you are traveling, include: Puffs tissues, anti-diarrhea medication, aspirin or other pain relievers, and hydrocortisone cream. It's also a good idea to keep a first-aid manual on hand.
Did we miss anything? Let us know what warm weather essentials you keep in the comments below!