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Tips For Protecting Yourself From The Heat During Summer Travel

This post has been sponsored by Visionworks. All opinions are mine alone. #MiVisionworks

Royal Palace in Madrid

Royal Palace in Madrid

July is National Eye Injury Prevention Month. Many of us are spending so much time outdoors exploring, enjoying the beautiful weather and taking advantage that the kids are off from school to travel. We just got back from a trip to Europe and Morocco; it was the kid’s first time traveling to another continent and during the five weeks we spent exploring we spend so much time outdoors walking along historic cities, visiting castles, riding camels and yes, I have to admit it, even chasing a Pokemon or two.

I live in Florida and I thought I knew what heat was until I we walked for miles in the Marrakech Medina in 109F weather, through it all my kids where amazing. On our five weeks of traveling with the family I learned some important things and one of the most valuable is that you need to be prepared for all kinds of weather and you need to protect yourself and your eyes from the elements if you are spending all day outdoors weather you are hiking along the coast in Sweden, taking a stroll along el Refugio Park in Madrid or getting your picture taken with monkeys and snakes at Jna el Fnaa in Marrakech.

Walking along Bairro Alto in Lisbon

Walking along Bairro Alto in Lisbon

Sunglasses are not just for the beach. Sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun and from many other things. During windy days sunglasses protect your eyes from dust, sand or any other flying debris and if you are taking a bike tour around Paris or a segway tour of Barcelona eyeglasses protect your eyes from flying insects or other things that may be flying in the air. The glare from the buildings and streets in a city can also damage your eyes.

Always bring a hat. Hats not only protect you from the sun but they also make those Instagram pictures look awesome!  There are lots of hats on the market that travel well and look beautiful. I like to buy hats when I travel as souvenirs and they are easy to pack, yes really!

boy in the Marrakech Medina

In the Marrakech Medina

Don’t go outside without sunblock and bring sunblock with you everywhere. Again sunblock is not just for the beach. Walking outside while touring a destination exposes your skin to the sun for an extended period of time so bring a travel sized sunblock along with you so you can reapply it.

Keep hydrated and remind kids to drink water every half an hour or so if the weather is hot. Sometimes with the excitement of visiting a new place you can forget to stay hydrated. I always carry a refillable water bottle in my purse and when we are out an about visiting a new city or destination we try to take breaks every couple of hours and sit down to drink something in a cafe or under the shade of a tree in a park or plaza. We love these little breaks that let us take in everything that is going around us and rest while we people watch or enjoy the scenery.

Find ways to stay cool. It’s a good idea to pack a fan, weather it’s a fancy papar and wooden one or an electric battery operated travel fan. For places where the heat is dry and there is no humidity in the air a fan with a mister attached will work even better. We also found these cooling bandanas that you can put on your neck, you soak them in cold water and they keep you cool for hours.

Jardins de Majorell in Marrakech

Jardins de Majorell in Marrakech

Be sure to check out the latest summer eyewear fashions by liking: Visionworks on Facebook (Visionworks Latino en Español!), following @Visionworks_eyewear on Instagram and checking out Visionworks Pinterest boards, filled with great looks for Summer and Fall.

Thank you Visionworks Latino for reminding me that spending more time outside during these fun, summer months, includes making sure my and my loved ones eyes are protected and safe!

About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages.

Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting .

When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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