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.
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).