Protecting ourselves and our kids from the harsh kiwi sun is crucial for a burn free summer of play.
1. Put sun hats near the main door, easy to grab as you head out the door or jump in the car. Put up hooks or make a space for hats & sunglasses.
2. Keep beach towels, soft, crushable sun hats and sunblock in a big bag in the boot of your car for spontaneous beach visits.
3. Make applying sunblock part of your routine before everyone leaves the house. Try putting it on before dressing, you’ll avoid getting it on your clothes.
4. Have sunblock available in the most obvious places, on the bathroom vanity, the kitchen bench, near school bags and by the door.
5. Refill empty water bottles the night before and pop them in the fridge ready to go the next morning.
6. Draw the curtains on the side of the house that gets afternoon sun, before you leave the house in the morning. It’ll be a lot cooler when you get home.
7. Open windows on opposite sides of the room or house to create a cooling cross breeze. Investigate security latches at a hardware store.
8. Too hot to exercise? Get everyone out of the house for a walk in the cool of the evening or try and get up a little earlier, make time for yourself in the morning to walk in the fresh cool air.
9. Rinse out swim wear and chuck them on the line as soon as you get home, sticky, smelly, cold, damp togs are horrible to put on!
10. Schedule outdoor activities around the worst sunburn times, or if you can’t – Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap! And sip, keep water around all the time. https://www.sunsmart.org.nz/