Summer is finally on the way – whoop whoop – and you are probably already making plans, whether you are spending time at home or going away on a summer holiday. You are bound to have a good time, especially if this bank holiday weather is anything to go by.
HOWEVER… there are some things that are almost-guaranteed to ruin your summer if you don’t take precautions beforehand. What do I mean? Well, take a look at our short list below. Don’t worry though; I also have some helpful tips to help you alleviate some of the most problematic aspects of the summer season.
The sun’s deadly glare
The sun shines all year round for some of us, and for others, it is interspersed with other seasonal weather patterns. Still, assuming the sun does shine all summer long, you do need to be careful. Lounging for hours in your back garden is fine, but the burning heat will eventually take its toll. So, ensure you are stocked up with sun cream, and make sure it’s of the right screening factor to fully protect your skin.
As a preventative measure, you should also wear extra clothing to protect you from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Long-sleeved tops, breezy dresses, flat sandals, and one of these fabulous sun hats are just the thing to protect you from head to toe. Then, when you are out and about, spend as much time in the shade as possible, and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
Coughs, sneezes, and chesty wheezes
You won’t be enjoying the summer season if you’re suffering from itchy eyes, skin rashes, and sneezing fits that will wake your neighbours from their sunbathing slumber. Yes, we’re talking about those dreaded summer allergies that come with the high pollen count during these sizzling months.
I have already given you some tips on this very subject, and I recommend you visit your doctor or pharmacist as well, stocking yourself up on anything that will help you survive over the summer.
Your kids – sorry, but it’s true!
Your kids are off school, wahey!! Great for them, but for you, the extended school break can be a bit of a nightmare. You need to have plenty of activity ideas if you don’t want to hear those infernal words, “I’m bored.” So, before summer arrives in all its beautiful glory, stock your garden up with enough toys to entertain your kids all season long. Paddling pools are a must, as are other water-based games, frisbees, sports sets, and playground equipment.
Safety comes first, however, so prepare an area in your garden that is safe for your child to play (cut away any prickly and poisonous plants), and have a first-aid kit handy for any bumps and scrapes. Only then can the fun commence, provided you have Westview Glass on speed-dial if your children are playing ball in your garden! Hint: buy them official goal nets and place them away from your home. Just in case!
Your home not being prepared for the hottest season
If you’re staying at home during the summer, you do need to get the indoors prepared as well as the outdoors. This means getting the air-con fixed and cleaned if you haven’t used it for a while, as well as stocking your fridge up with as many cool drinks and ice lollies it can feasibly hold.
You should also provide your kids with games and activities to do indoors (just in case the weather does break), as well as upping your storage space to deal with the added clutter that your home can accumulate when your children are playing.
Bugs and beasties
You won’t be the only one enjoying your home and garden during the summer. Unfortunately, you will be playing host to other seasonal guests, and we aren’t talking about those distant relatives who always decide to land themselves on your doorsteps at this time of year. We are, of course, talking about those bugs and beasties that will be making themselves comfortable on your premises. From those with a sting in their tale – bees, wasps, red ants – to others who carry diseases – mice and flies – you are going to be inundated. Therefore, bug proof your home to keep the pesky miscreants out, and call out a pest control service if you do find yourself surrounded by the varmints (the bugs, not your distant relatives).
Your holiday plans go awry
If you have booked a holiday this summer, then I hope you have a great time away. However, ensure you’re fully prepared. Get a packing checklist together to make sure you have everything you need to hand – don’t forget the passports or your toothbrush – and double check your bookings, from any flights you have tickets for to the hotel you will be staying at.
Again, remember the kids and those infernal words (you know the ones we mean), and make sure they have plenty of activities to keep them entertained on the journey to your destination.
Knowing summer won’t last forever
After all the excitement in the lead up to the summer (and all the prep to avoid any of the above problems), your summer can be ruined by one overriding thought. The season won’t last forever! Whatever you get up to, whether you’re out at the beach or sunning it in your garden, your heart will sink when you realise your fun is only temporary.
Short of stopping time, you are just going to have to grin and bear the fact. However, rather than counting down the days until you have to go back to work and your normal routine, make sure you make the most of every day. Make an itinerary packed with things to see and do, as well as making enough time for you to relax and rest. And hey, while summer won’t last forever, you can still take your mind of life’s little pressures by making steps to plan next summer once this year ends.