Tips for surviving the summer

Listen up…the bees have got a secret. Summer is finally here! It’s time to say goodbye to chunky over coats, thigh high boots and misery and say hello to longer days filled with sunshine and bliss.

You have waited months to model those crop tops and low-rise jeans, to wiggle those toes in the outdoors and to feel the warmth of the sun against your skin. There are so many upcoming activities and festivals throughout the UK awaiting you this summer. Hopefully there will be many sun-filled opportunities for Hyde Park picnics amongst the daffodils in full bloom.

Along with the excitement of the summer period comes a few things that we all need to remember. Here are a few tips to help you survive the summer and make the most of this greatly anticipated time of the year.

Tip #1: Keep hydrated

This summer it is important to drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is something you want to avoid. Higher temperatures increase the likelihood of dehydration; and who wants to be lying in a hospital attached to a drip when all your mates are having a blast?

Tip #2: SPF lotions are your friend

You may think it is okay to sit in the sun for hours on end but your skin will be telling a different story. These SPF lotions, gels or sprays protect the skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, so that you can get that tan without being burnt to a crisp. No one wants their nose to be cherry red and peeling in their Instagram photos #no.

Tip #3: Never leave home without a cardigan or an umbrella

It’s England after all! The country where you can experience all four seasons in 10 minutes. Always be prepared. Just because it’s a warm sunny day when you leave home, does not mean it will remain that way. It would also be a good idea to check the weather forecast for the day. Remember that temperatures tend to fall during the night.

Tip #4: Pay special attention to where you dispose your cigarettes

Funny thing happens if you accidentally drop a lit cigarette on a pile of dry leaves; you will most likely start a fire. Dry weather promotes the likelihood of grass fires. Summer 2013 saw London firefighters tackling over 1,000 grass fires. Let’s try to be safe this year.

Remember these few tips and have a great summer everyone! You have worked and partied hard at university this past academic year, so make the most of your vacation.

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A fun-loving island girl all the way from Barbados! Studying a Creative Writing and Journalism degree at the University of Bedfordshire. Lover of good food and an adventure

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