What to Pack for a Sun-Safe Summer Vacation

Planning a beach vacation? Make your time under the sun's rays enjoyable and safe and discover what to pack for a sun-safe summer vacation!

Imagine this: You're lounging on your favorite beach, basking in the summer sun. Sounds heavenly, right?

But wait! That dreamy scenario can turn into a nightmare if the sun's harsh rays have their way. Do you know what to pack for a sun-safe summer vacation?

Don't let a scorching sunburn ruin your perfect vacation! It's time to outsmart the sun and make unforgettable memories without the burn.

Curious to know the best sun-safe beach essentials? Keep reading to discover the ultimate packing list for a sun-safe summer vacation that ensures you return home with a healthy glow rather than a painful souvenir.

Use a Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the most important item to bring when hitting the beach. Make sure it offers UVA and UVB protection with an SPF of 30 or higher. UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkling and age spots, while UVB rays can burn it. Too much exposure to either can cause skin cancer.

Even if sunscreen is labeled as water-resistant, it can still wear off. Always reapply after swimming, sweating, or every two hours in direct sunlight.

Sunscreen Stick for Sensitive Areas

Sunscreen sticks can be easier to apply around sensitive areas like the eyes and lips. You can use sunscreen sticks as an extra barrier when your clothes don't cover all your body.

Lip Balm with SPF

Often overlooked, your lips need sun protection too. Opt for a lip balm with SPF to keep them safe from the sun's harmful rays and prevent dryness or chapping.

SPF-Infused Makeup

Be sure any makeup you bring offers SPF protection. Powders, foundations, and other makeups with an SPF rating can provide extra sun protection.

Water Bottle

Remember, sun safety isn't just about your skin. Dehydration is also a risk during hot summer days. Carry a reusable water bottle and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. You could also pack hydration supplements or electrolyte drinks for an extra boost.

Antioxidant-Rich Snacks

Foods rich in antioxidants, like berries and nuts, can help your body fight off damage from the sun. Healthy snacks like fruits, nuts, and granola bars can increase energy levels during hot days. Remember, your body burns more calories in the heat, so refuel often.

UV Wristbands

The UV Index predicts the level of UV radiation. It indicates the risk of overexposure on a scale from 0 (low) to 11 or more (very high).

UV wristbands change color to show the UV intensity, helping you track your sun exposure throughout the day. They can be a helpful reminder to add more sunscreen or seek shade. Plan your outdoor activities when UV radiation is low.

Sun Damage Prevention

Give your skin a break! Avoid the sun's peak hours between 10 am to 4 pm. Resting in the shade every so often helps prevent overexposure and allows your sunscreen to work.


Pack an umbrella, canopy, or pop-up tent to provide shade when needed. If you plan to spend significant time outdoors, these can provide a larger shaded area. This will limit your exposure to direct sunlight and give your skin a break from the heat.

After-Sun Care Products

Even with the best sun protection measures, your skin might need some TLC after sun exposure. Pack an after-sun lotion or aloe vera gel to soothe and hydrate your skin, reducing redness and peeling.

Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C can aid in repairing skin damage caused by the sun and doubles as an antioxidant. So, remember to pack a Vitamin C serum to give your skin extra protection and hydration.

Sun-Protective Swimsuits

For those planning to spend a lot of time in the water, consider investing in a swimsuit with built-in UPF. This can provide more protection, especially during peak sunlight hours.

Eye Protection

The skin around your eyes is delicate and needs extra care. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, and use a hydrating eye cream. Pack sunglasses with UV protection to shield them from the sun's intense rays.

Hat or Visor

A wide-brimmed hat or visor is a great way to protect your face and neck when in direct sunlight. Hats with at least 3 inches of brim all around are ideal for proper coverage. For added sun safety benefits, look for hats made with UPF fabric.

Protective Sun Clothing

Protective sun clothing provides an extra barrier against harmful UV rays. Look for outfits made with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rated fabric like Bloq UV clothing.

UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing protects your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Here are a few reasons why UPF clothing is so crucial:

UV Protection

UPF clothing blocks a significant amount of UV radiation from reaching your skin. For example, a garment with a UPF rating of 50 allows only 1/50th (or about 2%) of the UV radiation to penetrate.

Comprehensive Coverage

Sunscreen can miss some spots or get wiped off due to sweat or water. But UPF clothing provides consistent protection over the areas of skin it covers.


The sun protection offered by UPF-rated clothing doesn't wash off or wear out. It's woven into the fabric and lasts as long as the garment.


With UPF clothing, you don't have to worry about reapplying every couple of hours like sunscreen. You're protected for as long as you're wearing the garment.

Skin Health

By blocking UV radiation, UPF clothing helps to prevent sunburns. It can also prevent long-term damage, such as premature skin aging and skin cancer.

What to Pack for a Sun-Safe Summer Vacation

Remember, a sun-safe vacation is a fun vacation. Knowing what to pack for a sun-safe summer vacation allows you to enjoy your time outdoors without worrying about sun damage.

Now you're all set for a fun-filled beach vacation without the risk of sunburn! So, what are you waiting for? Grab your sun-safe essentials and shop BloqUV's UV protective clothing to make a splash on your summer beach vacation while staying protected from the sun.


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