With less than 2 week before our holiday of a lifetime to Dubai, which is all still a big surprise. All I can imagine is that it will be amazing! I can’t wait to share it all. But the one thing I do know about our trip is it is promises to be hot, hot, hot. Of course we want to enjoy our holiday and to do this I need to make sure the boys are fully protected from the suns harmful rays. So today I am going to share my 5 tips for keeping sun safe.
There is nothing the boys love better than chilling around a pool or on the beach. With the promise of temperatures of 40 degrees plus I am going to be prepared. Hopefully we will get to chill early mornings or late afternoons when it is a little cooler, rather than in the hot mid day sun. Here are my tried and tested, and probably mostly common sense tips to keeping kids sun safe in hot countries.
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The times I have watched parents battle with their kiddies to rub in sun cream. We discovered years ago that spray on airbrush style sun spray is the way forward. It is quick and easy to apply, and cooling. So the boys do not mind it being applied. This has made such a huge difference to us over the years, and they actually ask for it to be applied when they are feeling hot, just to cool down. It is such a winner I would never travel without it now.
This year we have chosen a cool Sunuva rash vest and shorts. Joe loves rash vests; he sort of accepts that is what you wear in the sun. I think they work to cool him down on hot days. And I know he feels super cool in sets such as these jellyfish shorts and white vest he has chosen. Of course it is great for us as we know they give him extra protection from the suns rays with a UPF 50 rating.
Hydration is such a huge deal, kids are too busy to stop and drink when they are having fun in the sun. I make sure the boys drink water regularly and also eat lots of fruit ice-lollies to keep them cool and hydrated. This is something I need to be so vigilant about with both the boys as they genuinely forget to drink when they are having fun.
Joe thinks he is so cool wearing shades, so this is an easy one for us. Both the boys have shades to protect their eyes, I always check the shades do actually offer UV protection for the eyes. There are lots of cheap glasses about but do they offer UV protection or have the British Standard Mark?
Wear A Hat
This has sort of become part of our holiday routine. We always buy the boys new hats at the airport or during our travels. And we also always take a spare. Mainly because when Jack was little he would not wear a hat, so we made it into an adventure. Now they still like to choose their own hats, and at least I know they will wear them.
Yes, these are simple common sense steps, but they are vital to ensure the sun stays fun. There is nothing worse than sunburn and that shivering feeling of sunstroke. There are also long-term health benefits of protecting from the sun too. Things that were not an issue when I was younger are now huge concerns for us parents.
And of course the sun is good for you if you protect yourself and keep hydrated.
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