When you’re on vacation, you’re probably going to have some fun in the sun. The key word is fun and if you’re sunburnt or start suffering from heat stroke, it’s not going to be fun! The following tips are a great reminder, because frankly we know all of this but sometimes we are lax (usually when it comes to ourselves and not other family members!) and so, for example, we don’t apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside or we don’t reapply as often as we should.

Sunscreen Tips

Use a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF).

It is recommended to use sunscreen of at least SPF 15 and the sunscreen is broad-spectrum. You can also wear swim shirts that have UV protection.

Consider your activities

If you’re intending on going in any water, make sure your sunscreen is water resistant and be aware that some may be water resistant and others very water resistant. If you’re participating in an activity where you will likely sweat, e.g. participating in an outdoor sports tournament, opt for a sunscreen that is also sweat-proof.


Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun. I know it can be tempting on the first day you arrive on your vacation to head straight to the pool and apply sunscreen by the pool but you really need to wait 20 minutes. Reapply sunscreen often, especially if you have been in the water or sweating. Use lots of it while following the instructions!

Hot Weather Tips

Seek out the shade

Make sure you periodically cool down.

Drink up

Keep your fluids up by drinking lots of water.

Hat trick

Wear a hat to keep you cool. I really recommend Tilley hats and also be sure to wear sunglasses because your eyes need protection from UVA and UVB too!

For more tips, head to http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/healthy-living-vie-saine/environment-environnement/sun-soleil/index-eng.php

About the Author

Rhian Torontow is a Family Travel Consultant with Magical Family Adventures. Rhian creates travel experiences that foster connections in your family that will last a lifetime and transforms your children into open-minded, flexible, well-travelled people. During Rhian’s childhood, her father travelled for work constantly and it was always travel that brought her family back together. You can follow Rhian on Facebook at www.facebook.com/magicalfamilyadventures, Instagram @MagicalFamilyAdventures and you can also connect with her on LinkedIn ca.linkedin.com/in/rhiantorontow/