Family Essentials for a Safe Day in the Sun

Are you counting down to the summer holidays? Whether you’re planning a staycation and making a list of all the fun things you want to do locally, or you’re excited about jetting off overseas and soaking up some much-needed sun, sea and white coloured sand, there’s nothing better than time away from the humdrum of everyday life.

While we’re all excited to enjoy the sunshine, we must remember to put our well-being and our family’s health first. This means taking regular breaks from the heat and protecting ourselves from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Unfortunately, when we’re busy making memories and having a great time at the beach, in the park or even in our own backyards, it’s all too easy to neglect these important factors.

So, I’ve gathered together my family essentials for a safe day in the sun. Read on to find out more.

Sunglasses & Eye Protection

You might have an old, and battered pair of sunglasses shoved in the depths of your beach bag somewhere, but are they giving you the UV protection you need? Exposure to UV rays can accelerate certain eye conditions such as cataracts and even eye cancer, as well as long and short-term vision issues. Updating your sunglasses with shades that provide 100% UV and UVB protection, like the sunglasses from, means investing in your vision and preserving it for years to come.

You’ll also get to choose from dozens of different styles, shapes, colours and materials, meaning you can find the perfect pair that reflects your look and your personality, all whilst keeping your eyes safe. You only get one pair of eyes, so it’s important that we do all we can to protect them, and if your children don’t have sunglasses, make their vision a priority too.  


It’s important that we keep hydrated when we’re out in the sun, as our exposure to the sunshine increases, our bodies become more dehydrated, therefore we must replenish these fluids as often as possible. Keep several bottles of cooled water to hand so everyone can keep cool.


Love them or loathe them, wearing a sunhat whilst you’re enjoying a family day out can keep the sun out of your eyes, cover your neck and reduce the chances of your developing sunstroke. Wide-brimmed hats are best, and consider a Legion style hat for the younger members of your family.

Eliza hat

Sunblock and aftersun

We all know that putting on sunscreen is laborious and often unpleasant – especially when the little ones won’t sit still! However, it plays an important role in keeping our skin protected from UV rays and preventing sunburn. When it comes to family days out, the higher the SPF the better, with waterproof options also incredibly handy – and don’t forget to reapply it throughout the day.

Final thoughts…

Are you ready for a safe day in the sun? Following my steps above means you and your family can safely enjoy your summer break, no matter where it may take you.

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