Be a Smart Adventurer During Outdoor Summer Activities with Sun Safety Tips


Last week, I told you about a few of my favorite spontaneous summer fun activities that I like to sneak into a work day at home. Of course, I don’t spend my entire summer indoors behind a computer! My son and I love to go on adventures whenever we can! Fortunately, we live near a lake, so adventure is often just a short drive down the road.

Spontaneous Adventures = Summer Fun!

When it comes to summer activities, I’m not a big planner. I like the freedom of saying “okay, I’m all caught up on work for today, let’s go somewhere!” To me, part of the adventure is never knowing when you’re going to start one! Besides, if we make plans, there’s always a good chance that they’ll get rained out. We have daily thunderstorms here during the summer.


Jacob has a lot of cool “explorers” gear that he’s collected over the years. Binoculars, little scopes that let you check out underwater life, nets for catching bugs (not my favorite thing!) and more. During the summer, we keep a lot of that stuff in the garage near the door so we can grab and go. Then when I say “let’s adventure!” we can just head out the door before the excitement wears off and we remember how hot it is outside! Seriously, if we don’t go when the mood strikes, we don’t go at all.


Even though I don’t plan our adventure times, I do plan ahead for safety! I keep a travel bag loaded with essentials for the day, like towels and, of course, sunscreen. When it comes to sun safety, I don’t compromise. I may let my son stay up way past his bedtime during the summer or indulge in extra treats, but I never skimp on the sunscreen.

Protect Your Adventurers with Banana Boat®

Protecting your adventurers from the damaging sun rays is easy with Banana Boat®. Their sunscreens are designed to protect your family in seven conditions: sun, pool, water, ocean water, wind, sweat, sand and even extreme heat. They provide safe and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection for everyone in your family.

My favorite Banana Boat® product is the Banana Boat® Sport Performance® with PowerStay Technology™. It comes in an easy spray bottle and has amazing staying power, so it protects my son even when he’s running around exploring nature.


Of course, even the best sunscreen needs YOU to make it work. Knowing how to apply it is just as important as knowing what type to get. Check out these easy sun safety tips!

  • Always apply 1 ounce (which is the same as two tablespoons) evenly over your child’s body at least 30 minutes before leaving the house.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after your child gets out of the water. Even with waterproof and sweat-proof sunscreen, this is just a good habit to have.
  • Make sure you take enough with you for the entire day and the entire family. If you know you’ll be out for 6 hours, you need enough to reapply 3 times.
  • Apply sunscreen for ALL outdoor activities. That means even if you’re adventuring deep in the woods on a cloudy day. Just because you can’t see the sun shining through doesn’t mean it’s not there!

Following these important sun safety tips will keep your little adventurers and you safer! Bring home fun memories, not sunburns and skin damage! For more on how you and your family can have fun and be safe in the sun this summer, visit here!

What types of summer adventures do you love to take with your family? Share in the comments!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . The opinions and text are all mine.

20 thoughts on “Be a Smart Adventurer During Outdoor Summer Activities with Sun Safety Tips”

  1. We’re doing a ton of short road trips. Omaha, St. Louis, Chicago, etc. this year. Many places to see and no airfare to worry about!

  2. Great tips – I’m the biggest advocate for the use of sunblock, so I love that you’re raising awareness of its importance. I hated it as a kid, but now I can appreciate it much more… Awesome to have such an easy-application aerosol to make sunblock application easier~

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  3. I like this one since the spray is easier to apply compared to other sunscreen. Kids would surely protected from the sun with this and they can enjoy their outdoor activities.

  4. It’s great you’re prepared for the sun always! I keep forgetting to put sunblock and the results show in sunspots on my cheeks. Grrrrr!

  5. These are all great tips, my nephew is outside, in the backyard, all the time. I like the cream sunscreen more than the spray because the spray tends to fly off with the wind and also he inhales it and start coughing.

  6. Rebecca Swenor

    These are great tips for an adventure wit the little ones. It is so much fun not to plan an adventure and just go when you get the chance. Having a bag set up already a head of time for occasions like this is a great idea. I always used Banana Boat sunscreen for babies and kids on my boys when they were little. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I need to get better at reapplying my sunblock. That’s usually where I get burnt. I always remember the first application just not any of the future ones.

  8. I love the idea of an adventure bag always being ready! Your sunblock tips were helpful as well. How many times do I guess I’m how much to apply or when to reapply it?

  9. I’m not out adventuring anymore-except maybe a stroll along the riverfront–but even then with the breeze off the water keeping you cool you need sunscreen–maybe even more so! Whiich remonds me–I gotta go get some more–I will pick up this brand and see how it works for me.

  10. i have stocked up for the summer! Can’t wait for the camping trips, kids will be needing sunscreen at the beach!

  11. We’re fully stocked up on sunscreen for the season…..also purchased some UV clothing items for the family!

  12. I’m like you, especially this summer. We never know exactly what we’re going to do, and it’s fun. I keep sunscreen everywhere now and I’m of those moms always slathering my kids lol. My teens hate it.

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