Debunking Common Summer Safety Myths

A bottle of sunscreen with "20+ 30+ 40+ 50+ SPF" Written in sunscreen

If you’re getting ready to take a summer fishing trip, you’re likely hearing lots of comments, from requests to bring back some fish to people warning you about safety. We all have heard countless nuggets of ‘wisdom’ passed down through generations, but not all these summer safety tips hold water (pun intended). Let’s go through some of the more popular myths and set the record straight about summer safety so you can make the most of our outdoor adventures.

“If There’s No Sun, No Need for Protection.”

Ah, the classic: “Cloudy day? No need for sunscreen.”

Even on overcast days, up to 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin. So, pack that sunscreen for your fishing trip, whether it’s sunny, cloudy, or somewhere in between. Speaking of sunscreen…

“The Higher the SPF, the Better the Protection.”

It’s a common belief that if SPF 30 is good, SPF 100 must be three times as good, right? Not so fast. An SPF 30 blocks about 97% of UVB rays, SPF 50 blocks 98%, and SPF 100 blocks 99%. The difference is minimal, so instead of reaching for the highest SPF, focus on properly applying and reapplying your sunscreen.  

“Any Drink Will Hydrate You.”

While it’s true that all beverages have some hydrating effect, not all drinks are created equal. Caffeinated or alcoholic drinks can have a diuretic effect, causing you to lose more fluids. Sugary drinks can cause a quick spike and drop in your blood sugar, leaving you feeling even thirstier. So, while these beverages can contribute to your daily fluid intake, they should never replace good old-fashioned water.

Proven Ways to Stay Safe This Summer

Sure, debunking myths is fun. But let’s get to the heart of the matter: How can we stay safe and have a blast this summer? Here are a few golden rules:

  • Stay hydrated:  The best way to stay hydrated is to drink before thirst kicks in. Especially in the heat of summer, keep hydrating throughout the day, even if you don’t feel parched. Your body will thank you!
  • Wear appropriate clothing: Lightweight, light-colored, and breathable clothes can help keep you cool. Don’t forget hats and sunglasses!
  • Listen to your body: If you feel dizzy or lightheaded, take a break and cool down. We promise plenty of fish will be waiting for you when you return!

Now that you know how to stay safe, you can go on your trip armed with your knowledge (and sunscreen!). And don’t worry, if you haven’t planned your trip yet, now is the perfect time. At Lawrence Bay Lodge, our modern accommodations meet the tranquility of nature, setting the scene for a truly unforgettable fishing trip. With clear nights and days filled with fishing for trophy Northern Pike, Arctic Grayling, Walleye, and Trout on Reindeer Lake, you’re in for a summer filled with memories. So pack your bags and come join us for an unforgettable fishing adventure!