July is recognized as UV Safety month to help raise awareness about protecting ourselves from harmful UV rays. Staying protected from the sun during these warm summer months is important to ensure you can stay on the fish. Here are 5 tips to keep in mind this summer:
1. Wear Protective Clothing
When choosing the right clothing for a sunny day on the water, UPF ratings are the most important to consider. Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) is the rating system used for sun protective apparel, which measures a fabric's effectiveness against UVA and UVB light. Striker's UPF apparel items are all built with a 50+ UPF rating, meaning there is a less than 2% UV transmission. With UPF apparel options including long sleeves, hoodies, pants, shorts, gloves, and gaiters, you'll be fully covered against the suns harmful rays.
Find Striker’s full collection of UPF 50+ clothing here.
2. Wear A Ball Cap
Wearing a ball cap can be an effective way to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays. By covering your forehead, scalp, and the top of your head, a ball cap offers an additional layer of protection for these often-exposed areas. The cap's visor also helps to reduce glare, enhancing visibility on bright, sunny days.
3. Apply and Reapply Sunscreen
Although UPF clothing can provide substantial sun protection, there can still be areas exposed to UV rays. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF rating and ensure it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply generously to all exposed areas of your skin, including the often-forgotten spots like the back of your neck and ears.
4. Don't Forget Eye Protection
Invest in quality sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection. Polarized lenses offer the added benefit of reducing glare and enhancing visibility, making them ideal for fishing. By shielding your eyes from harmful rays, you safeguard your vision and decrease the risk of eye conditions caused by prolonged exposure to the sun.
5. Hydrate and Stay Cool
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and replenishing electrolytes. Additionally, choose moisture-wicking clothing that keeps you cool and comfortable, reducing the risk of heat exhaustion. Don't forget to bring along cooling towels or neck gaiters to provide instant relief during particularly hot days.
As UV Safety Month encourages us to prioritize sun protection, incorporating these essential tips into your warm weather fishing routine becomes even more important.