By Dave Brown
Tune Up Tuesday - Sun Essentials - Be Prepared
There is nothing like being out on the water on a beautiful sunny day. That said, being prepared to be in the hot sun is key!
Everyone knows that the sun is damaging so being prepared for the harsh rays is very important. This article walks you through some of the key components that you should have along with you on your next trip into the sun.
Sun damage can come in many forms. Damage to your skin, scalp, eyes, etc. According to SkinCancer.Org, the suns harmful UV rays are the leading cause of skin cancer. That said, a little protection can go a long way.
Basically, the tools are the same that you have heard time and time again. Sunscreen, Hat, Glasses, and a long sleeve shirt. We've added a couple of other items to that list as well.
What do we really need to say about sunscreen. This is something that we have all been warned about for what seems like our entire lives. It really is as simple as applying it to add a layer of protection. Sure, we all forget and get burnt, just to go home and get in trouble from our loved ones.
This one really should go without saying, but apply, apply, apply. Either a spray or lotion is perfect, just do it already. Most recommend at least a SPF 30, but go as high as you can. The higher SPF the better.
A wide brimmed hat is a great thing to have in your arsenal. It can block the suns harmful rays from your ears, neck and eyes.
3. Face Shield/Neck Gaiter
A face shield or neck gaiter is a great accessory to have. This will cover not only your neck, but also can help to cover some of your face, nose and mouth. It'll can also be used to cover your ears.
Some sort of arm coverings is a must. Either a long sleeve shirt with UPF protection or a set of Sun Sleeves. These sleeves by Okuma feature UPF and are quite comfortable.
5. UPF Gloves
One area of the body that most people don't think about is their hands. Sure your hands are out in the elements all of the time, but the skin of your hands is just as sensitive as the rest of your body. A good pair of lightweight sun cloves is also a great piece to add to your collection.
6. Sun Glasses
Another area people tend to not think about is their eyes when out on the water, but a good pair of shades, should be essential. Protecting your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun is key. Remember, when out on the water you don't only have to protect from direct sun, but also the reflections off of the water. A good pair of sun glasses will definitely help in cutting the harmful rays from hitting your eyes.
7. Lip Balm
A good lip balm with sunscreen in it is also key. There are many brands to choose from, but be sure to get some with some sort of sun protection built in. Chapped lips are never fun.
Be safe and be smart. That really is all you can do out there.
Here is a quick video on the run down of everything you might need when headed to the water to keep out of the harmful rays.
See you on the water!
Dave Brown - Okuma Fishing Tackle