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Responsible Tanning While on Vacation

Feb 27, 2008
If you are like many people, a vacation is all about being active and getting out and enjoying the sunshine. While there is certainly nothing wrong with getting out and soaking up some rays, it is also important that you remember to stay safe and to tan responsibly while you are on vacation.

Packing Sunscreen

The most important step you can take to tan responsibly while on vacation is to make sure to bring sunscreen. You can wait to purchase sunscreen until after you arrive at your vacation destination, but you might be limited in your options. Therefore, it is best to purchase your sunscreen before you head out on vacation.

If you do decide to pack sunscreen before you go, keep current airline regulations in mind. Obviously, if you are driving, you won't need to worry about it. If you are flying, however, you need to make sure you pack your sunscreen in luggage that you will be checking in. There are heavy restrictions placed on carrying substances such as sunscreen on board, so it is easiest to pack it away so you don't have to worry about security hassles.

Reapplying Sunscreen

When you get caught up in all of the fun and excitement of vacation, it is easy to lose track of time and to forget to reapply sunscreen. Keep in mind that sunscreen should be reapplied every two to three hours if you are swimming or if you are engaging in activities that cause you to sweat. If you will be playing sports, hiking, or swimming, make sure the sunscreen you use is sweatproof and waterproof as well.

Know the Sun

If one of your vacation goals is to get a great tan, make sure you understand the sun and when it is safest to enjoy a little sunbathing. Remember that the sun's rays are the strongest between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, so you shouldn't spend a great deal of time in the sun during this time period. Also, be aware of where you are located because the sun's rays are stronger in higher elevations, such as when you are in the mountains. They are also stronger in lower latitudes as you get closer to the equator.

Of course, it can be difficult to keep track of time zones, latitudes, and elevations when you are on vacation. Therefore, a good rule of thumb is to take a look at your shadow. If it is shorter than you, you are at a greater risk for sunburn than if your shadow is longer than you are tall.
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