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1 Aug 2016

We’re soaking up these dog days of summer on the beaches of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Put aside that back to school shopping list just a little bit longer, and savor the sand and the surf from the comfort of a Sun Realty vacation rental home. Because if there’s anything we’ve got in spades it’s sand, and surf, and sun.

Oh, but speaking of the sun… It’s hot. Of course it is; that’s the whole draw, the idea of spending a few long, lazy days on the blistering sand, and cooling off in the Atlantic. Right? By all means, do. Rest, relax, recharge. It’s so important. But it’s equally important to protect your skin from the potentially harmful rays of that hot, hot sun.

Wear breathable, protective clothing.

As you pack your bag full of water toys and the best beach reads, grab your favorite wide-brimmed hat, too. Lightweight, sun-shielding clothing provides crucial protection from UV rays. Look for quick-drying, water-wicking fabrics. And don’t neglect your eyes; always wear sunglasses.

Wear sunscreen too.

Use a water resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen that provides 100 percent UVA and UVB protection with an SPF of 30 or higher. Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes prior to going outside, and re-applied every two hours. (Many people don’t realize this, but you should wear, and re-apply sunscreen even on the cloudy days.)  

Venture out into the surf when the sun is less hot.

The sun is at its highest and its hottest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. every day. Minimize your chances of a burn, and take the middle of the day to enjoy a leisurely nap, or a trip to the North Carolina Aquarium. Early morning, or in the evening: These are the best times of day to sink your toes in the sand.

Remember to drink lots and lots of water.

Too much sun exposure can lead to burns, but extreme heat also has the power to dehydrate a person, and fast. When you know you’re going to be spending lots of time outdoors, do your best to stay hydrated.

Or simply enjoy the beauty of our barrier islands from your vacation rental home.

A room with a view is enough for you. Sit on the deck of your Outer Banks vacation rental home and watch as the waves crash along the shore.


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