Warm Weather Checklist for Tidewater Moms

With warm weather and springtime just around the corner, it’s time to get your family ready to handle the sun, sand and surf of Hampton Roads.

Though warm weather can certainly have health benefits by inspiring more physical activities and improving your mood, it can also pose risks. Follow the checklist below so you can enjoy the weather without the worry.

  • Get a weather app. We all know the weather in Hampton Roads can change in a flash—of lightning. Get a weather app on your phone or a portable weather radio to give you the warning you need to pack it up before it pours.

  • Wear your sunglasses. Sunglasses not only protect your eyes from cancer-causing sun damage, they make it easier for you to keep an eye on the kids, pets and traffic.
  • Drink up. Warmer temperatures cause you to sweat, robbing your body of the water it needs. Be sure to have water with you wherever you go to stay hydrated.
  • Wear comfy shoes. Studies show warmer temperatures equals more physical activity, which is great news for your health. Before you head out, however, make sure to lace up comfortable, supportive shoes. They can help you avoid injury and keep your feet from aching during the day.

  • Put on your water wings. Make sure young children wear the appropriate flotation devices, especially in the ocean and bay. You may also want to…

  • Brush up on swimming skills. If your kids haven’t had a swimming lesson, you may want to invest in some classes. The ocean can be unpredictable and knowing how to swim can help your kids stay safe.

  • Stock up on sunscreen. We’ve all been told to wear sunscreen, but the message can’t be repeated often enough. Getting Vitamin D isn’t an excuse; it only takes about 10 minutes of afternoon sun for your body to get all the vitamins it needs. Get SPF 30 or higher and be sure to reapply every two to three hours.

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