Sum­mer Sur­vival Guide

Sunny, sweaty, buggy—yup, sum­mer is in full swing! These help­ful hacks will help you close out the sea­son hap­pily and health­fully.

Prevention (USA) - - PULSE -

Make a grab bag

Fill a pretty bas­ket with out­door essentials, then put it by the door you use most. In­clude items like sun­screen, bug spray, lip balm with SPF, a spare pair of sun­glasses, an um­brella, a wide-brimmed hat, and even tweez­ers (in case you get bit­ten by a tick).

Keep biters at bay

Prime out­door spa­ces to de­ter mos­qui­toes. Stow a fan by the back door or on a screened porch; the pesky bug­gers don’t like blow­ing air, so this may dis­cour­age them from get­ting close enough to bite. Drain buck­ets, kid­die pools, garbage cans, or gut­ters that have stand­ing wa­ter, a mos­quito mag­net.

Swap your sheets

Sleep ex­perts say peo­ple snooze bet­ter when they’re cool, so in­vest in sheets that pro­mote that feel­ing. Look for breath­able cot­ton, mi­crofiber, or mois­ture-wick­ing ones. Try Mel­lanni 1800 Col­lec­tion Mi­crofiber Sheet Set ($25 and up, ama­zon.com) or Dri-tec Sheet Set by Bedgear ($190, bedgear.com).

Fo­cus on footwear

Sum­mer shoes aren’t al­ways the best for your foot health. Look for san­dals with arch sup­port and thicker soles (try Ok­abashi, ok­abashi .com), flats with thick rub­ber soles to ab­sorb shock when walk­ing on pave­ment, and wedges with wider heels that are not too high (try Vionic, vion­ic­shoes.com).

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