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It’s summer! And the weather in much of the U.S. is now warm enough to play in the water. Whether your summer-time water activities are in the backyard or the beach, here are some fun ways to enjoy the water while staying cool.

Go for a Swim
Swimming is probably the most popular water activity. Not only is swimming a great way to cool off, but it’s an excellent form of physical fitness. Make sure you have the right swimwear, choose a location, and get out there and enjoy!

Eye Spy
Ever wonder what’s lurking beneath the surface? Take a peek underwater with goggles or a mask/snorkel set! This activity can be especially fun when swimming in a natural environment, such as a lake or ocean. You might even be inspired to take a vacation to explore a coral reef!

Tag, You’re It!
If there’s not a pool or beach nearby, not to worry. Grab a couple of friends or family members and start a game of tag using water guns! Playing with toys such as water guns can be a great way to get all the cooling benefits of playing in the water and while playing a game!

Relax on a Raft
Like the water, but not a fan of being in it too much? With an inner tube or inflatable raft, you can enjoy the water and still stay dry. Even if you’re in a pool, you can close your eyes and imagine yourself gliding down a lazy river. Let the water lull you to a peaceful calm as you float the day away.

Whether you have access to a pool, are planning a beach vacation, or something else, everyone can find a way to get out and enjoy the water. There are so many water activities to choose from! What will you do this summer?

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Friends campingGoing on a camping trip can be a great reason to get away from the daily grind for a few days. There’s nothing like some time in nature to help you decompress and unwind. Whether you’re camping alone or with others, you’re sure to have some memorable experiences. It’s not called the “great outdoors” for nothing!

Here are a few things to consider while preparing for your trip:

Make a Checklist
One of the positives of camping is the feeling of “leaving it all behind.” But you don’t want to go so far as to actually leave behind something you need. How do you remember everything but not over-pack? Start with a checklist. You can create your own or do an Internet search to find checklists others have created. Print out your list and cross off each item as you pack it to be sure nothing is forgotten.

Tell Someone
Turning off the phone and leaving the iPad can be a wonderful feeling for those looking to “unplug.” Even if you are planning on having your phone available, there’s still a chance that your electronic device won’t be charged, could become damaged, or you’ll be in an area where there’s no signal. In case of an emergency where you need to reach others or others need to reach you, tell a trusted friend or family member exactly where and when you will be camping. It’s always a good idea to have an emergency plan, just in case.

Have Fun
Don’t let your camping trip become another chore. Be sure to plan some fun activities that you will do during your trip. Whether you plan to hike, play sports or games, or sit by the lake and read a book, remember to make these things a priority. After all, having fun and relaxing is why people go camping in the first place!

Take advantage of the warmer weather and start planning your camping trip. Get prepared, and then get out there and have a great time.

 

 

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