The summer months are just around the corner. Are you prepped for all the fun, festivities, and frolic that the season promises? Before you hop in the car for your road trip and beach visit, it’s important that you take the time to consider the essentials. No, we’re not talking about the stuff in your luggage. We’re talking about the essentials for a healthy summer. 

All of the fun and adventure of the summer months can make it easy to lose sight of your health. And because the months just after summer are known for having the highest level of viral activity, it’s important that you protect and care for your body during the hot summer so you can sail smoothly through the fall.

Keep you and your family healthy this season.

So what are some healthy habits worth adopting? Here are some essential summer season practices to add to your list of must-dos.

1. Slather on the sunscreen.

Harmful UV rays can damage your skin, cause blemishes and discoloration, and even spark the beginning of a range of debilitating health conditions. Yikes! So save yourself the trouble and grab a few bottles of sunscreen to last you through summer, and slather some on before you step out of the door.

2. Wash your hands regularly.

Visiting a crowded beach or resort? The last thing you want is to contaminate yourself with germs and bacteria that other guests might be carrying. Because there is no way to scan each guest as they walk through the door of an establishment you’re visiting, it’s always better to avoid letting germs linger on your body. 

Wash your hands regularly to get rid of any contaminants that you might have accumulated from the environment. Carry wet wipes with you and wipe down toilet seats and doorknobs before using them. And of course, avoid rubbing or scratching your face and eyes if you’ve yet to wash your hands.

3. Stay hydrated.

With the summer months becoming hotter and hotter as the years go by, incidents of dehydration are becoming more and more frequent. So to spare yourself from the dangers of a lack of hydration, make sure you carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go. And while there are no specific recommendations for daily intake of plain water, the total suggested intake of liquid (from all food and drinks) in a day sits at around 91 ounces for women and 125 ounces for men. 

4. Air out your home.

Your home might have a few dormant viruses or pests lurking in the shadows and gearing up to wreak havoc as summer draws to a close. So before they even awaken from their shallow slumber, take action! Air out your home and get rid of any potential threats to you and your family’s health. 

Change bed sheets, curtains, rugs, and other fabrics around your home. Vacuum your sofa and air everything out. Cleaning your home regularly before summer ends limits the chances of viral infections when fall comes rolling around the corner.

5. Watch your alcohol intake.

How many drinks have you had this summer? You’re right—there’s no possible way to keep track. But just because the summer fun makes it easy to lose sight of how many bottles you’ve guzzled down, doesn’t mean it’s okay. 

So to keep yourself from drinking more alcohol than necessary, stay away from hard drinks. A refreshing sangria, flavored beer, or a wine spritzer can all help you cool down minus the insane alcohol content.

6. Get enough sleep.

Pumping your body with junk food and booze, only to refuse sleep at night can be detrimental to your overall health. Enjoy everything in moderation, and make sure you allot enough time for rest in the evening. Skip the late nights and opt for early mornings instead. Your body will thank you for it.

7. Keep tabs on your oral health.

You’ll know how well-equipped your body is against infection if you can manage the bacterial levels in your mouth. Brush your teeth and floss regularly. Gargle with mouthwash as necessary to keep bad bacteria and bad breath at bay. And, hey, while you’re at it, go ahead and schedule a dental appointment. There’s no better time to see Dr. Van Istendal than in the summer!

8. Make careful swimming destination choices.

Public pools or beaches? Sure, that quaint little boutique hotel might have a wonderful pool overlooking a picturesque view, but it’s also crawling with germs and bacteria. Public pools and hot tubs are breeding grounds for a variety of parasites, so before you take a dip, think twice. You’d probably be better off at the beach.

9. Take a supplement.

All the fun and activities will wear you down, so make sure your body is sufficiently nourished. Aside from a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine, taking a supplement can help enhance your health to support your summer activities. Ask your doctor what supplements you’d benefit from the most to learn more about how you can enhance your overall wellness.

10. Get some fresh air.

Enough of those city trips to malls and crowded hotels—it’s about time you gave yourself a break from the urban jungle. Take a trip out to a nature spot and enjoy the fresh air. Find a remote location where you can spend a few days or a week to recharge and refresh your senses. Get as much fresh air as you can to give your body a break from smog and pollution. 

Summer is a great time to catch up on some rest, start new habits, and focus on getting your health in shape. When the cold season comes around in the fall, you’ll have an edge in the fight against germs—all because you took the time to make healthy lifestyle choices this summer.