For All Day Bay Stayers: A Guide to Sunburn Prevention
| Sherri Blum
Why is the Sun So Mean?
Picture this: a sunny day, a gentle breeze, and the sparkling waters of the bay calling your name. It's the perfect setting for a day of fun and relaxation with friends, old and new. But wait! The sun is out to get you, ready to turn your skin into a crispy, painful mess. How can you enjoy your day on the bay without becoming a human barbecue? Fear not, my friend, for I have the ultimate guide to surviving the sun's fiery wrath. And I even tried it myself last weekend by spending 6 hours in Rehoboth Bay playing all day at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach DE!
Slip, Slide, Slap!
Before you head out to the bay, make sure you're armed with the three S's: slip, slide, and slap. Slip on a stylish and sun protective hat to shield your delicate face from the sun's harmful rays. Slide on a sun protection shirt with a UPF higher than your IQ (just kidding, you're brilliant!). And don't forget to slap on a pair of sunglasses to protect your peepers from the blinding glare.
Seek Shade, My Friend
While the bay may be calling your name, don't be afraid to seek refuge in the shade when available. Find a cozy spot under a tree or set up camp under a colorful beach umbrella. Not only will you be protected from the sun, but you'll also have the perfect excuse to take a nap or read a good book. It's a win-win situation!
Hydrate or Die-drate
Spending a day on the bay can be thirsty work, so make sure you stay hydrated. Pack a cooler full of ice-cold beverages and sip on them from our Kayak Jack insulated water bottle throughout the day. Water, lemonade, or even a fancy tropical mocktail will do the trick. Just remember, if you don't want to end up looking like a shriveled raisin, drink up!
Don't Be a Lobster
Now, I know it's tempting to soak up the sun like a lazy seal, but trust me, you don't want to end up looking like a lobster. When possible, limit your sun exposure during peak hours, usually between 10 am and 4 pm. If you can't resist the urge to frolic in the sun, make sure you reapply sunscreen to exposed skin every two hours and wear protective clothing like a lightweight, long-sleeved UPF shirt or a flowy beach cover-up.
Wrap Up and Stay Cool
As the day on the bay comes to an end, don't forget to wrap up and stay cool. Take a refreshing dip in the water to cool off or indulge in a delicious ice cream cone to beat the heat. And remember, even though the sun may have been out to get you, you conquered the day without a single sunburn. You're officially a sun-savvy superstar!
So, my fellow party on the bay enthusiasts, go forth and enjoy your day on the bay without fear of becoming a crispy critter. With these tips and a sprinkle of sun-savvy wisdom, you'll be able to bask in the sun's warm embrace without getting burned. Now, who's up for another day of bay adventures?