The season of lazy days and summer nights is fast approaching, and now is the time to get ready for summer so that you can make the most of the season. Below, find out five things that you should check off your to-do list before Memorial Day weekend.
5 Tips To Get Ready For Summer
Stock up on Sunscreen
Sun protection is important all year long, but it’s an especially high priority in the summer since you’ll be spending so much time outdoors. Stock up on summer-friendly sunscreens now, so you’ll be prepared when the first warm day hits. Look for broad-spectrum coverage, which will help block both UVA and UVB rays. SPF 30 is a good bet for most people. Purchase a water-resistant variety for those times when you’ll be hanging out at the pool or beach.
Get Ready for Bug Protection
Summer is also the time for extra protection against insects. Cans of bug spray are your best bet for personal protection. Look for formulas that contain DEET because this chemical offers the best protection. For evenings in the backyard, prepare the area with a bug-repelling system designed for outdoor use. Citronella candles are the old standby, but geraniol candles around your gathering area are even more effective at keeping mosquitos away.
Put Up a Pool
If you’ve dreamed of having a swimming pool in your own backyard, now is the time to make that dream a reality. By installing a pool as part of your get ready for summer preparations, you will have all season to enjoy it–from the very first warm day to the very last one. If you are considering putting up a pool, contacting a swimming pool builder should be one of the first steps in the process. A professional will know the ins and outs of your city’s pool installation regulations. Plus, a pro has the expertise to do the job safely and can get the pool put up quickly.
Make a Fun List
The lazy days of summer can pass you by in the blink of an eye. It’s good to have down time, but you also don’t want to waste your wide-open summer. Sit down and craft a list of all the things you’d like to do this summer. Think both small (e.g., walk to the ice cream shop) and big (e.g., go tent camping for a weekend). If you have kids, get them in on the planning. Ask everyone in the family to make contributions to the list. Then, hang it in a spot where you’ll see it regularly so that it doesn’t slip your minds. During the summer, mark activities off the list as you do them and feel good about the memories you’re creating.
If you get the summer travel bug, start thinking now about where and when you want to go. Whether you plan to take a week-long trip across the country or would rather do a weekend getaway not too far from home, there are plans to be made. Put in for time off work, research travel deals, and learn the ins and outs of your chosen destination. Book flights, hotels, and rental cars since waiting until the last-minute might leave you paying higher prices. If you will be traveling with other families, appoint one person as the point person who will handle the planning for the group. For professional planning help, turn to a travel agent. Using a travel agent will typically cost you nothing out of pocket, and the agent can provide helpful insiders’ tips that will help you have a memorable vacation.
Summer is definitely on its way and now is the time to start getting ready. If you start getting ready summer now you can ensure that you and your family are prepared for the best season of the year. It really is amazing what a little bit of preparation can do.
Have you made plans for the summer yet?
Guest Post: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.