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Spotlight on Surfer Georgia Cook

She may be young, but she’s a bona fide surfing star and an elite athlete. Georgia Cook, a top-ranked surfer, is still just a sophomore in high school – but she’s also a speaker, a philanthropist, and a top scholar. Cook counts the ocean and her religion as her biggest passions.solrx sport sunscreen georgia cook

Surfing

Cook, at 15, has been competing in surfing competitions since she was nine. She rides both the short and long board. Each year, from her home in Tennessee, she travels more than 15,000 miles to participate in surfing competitions. Her surfing accomplishments include multiple wins in the Eastern Surfing Association and the National Scholastic Surfing Association.

She’s been ranked No. 1 in the Georgia ESA District in Girls Shortboard and No. 2 in the Women’s Long Board for consecutive years, and in 2013 she was the first female from the ESA Georgia District to be named to the elite ESA All-Star Team. This year, she placed 11th in the Surfing America U.S. Championships and second place in Explorer Girls Longboard at the NSSA East Coast Championships. The list of her honors is long, and includes the Josephine Meuse Young Surfer Award and the Dianne Waldhour Mosely Iron Woman Award, both of which she has received for six years running.

Philanthropy

Cook founded Every Girl Counts, a humanitarian organization that buys shoes for kids in need. The group has given more than 1,300 pairs of sandals to impoverished children around the world. Every Girl Counts is currently building a school in Kenya called the Bright Hope Education Center, intended to prepare students for university and break generational cycles of poverty. Cook also volunteers at the YMCA Surf Camp and is a member of the student action committee at her high school.

Academics & Motivation

As a member of the I Am Second Speakers Bureau, Cook has spoken to thousands of young people about surfing, her faith, and how to kids can achieve their dreams. She has a 4.5 grade point average, and her academic awards include the Presidential Academic Award in 2011 and the Duke University Talent Identification Program in 2013-2015.

At SolRx, we’re proud to support Georgia Cook and fine athletes like her – young people who aren’t just satisfied with doing well, but also strive to do good. It’s safe to say that this young star has a brilliant future ahead of her. We can’t wait to see what she does next!

Top 3 Ziplining Sites in the U.S.

Ziplining, in which thrill-seekers get into harnesses, strap themselves to steel wires and use pulleys to get from place to place, is one of the fastest growing forms of ecotourism in the world. There’s nothing like the feeling of speeding through the air while viewing landmarks below.

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In the U.S., it’s an easy way to find adventure and excitement and see the natural wonders or brilliant cityscapes around you. Here are a few of the best places in the U.S. to enjoy ziplining.

Haleakala Zipline: Skyline Eco-Adventures

Ziplining is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, and the Haleakala Zipline (part of Skyline Eco-Adventures) is one of the best. Suitable for ages 8 to 98, this zipline course allows you to swing through beautiful landscapes in upcountry Maui. Multiple lines and crossings allow you to view unusual birds, endangered plants, lovely valleys, tall eucalyptus trees, swinging bridges, and much more. Expect speeds up to 45 miles per hour, and some short hiking experiences.

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours offers one of the best sites for ziplining is in the midwest. Based in Rockbridge, Ohio, here your ziplining adventure can offer speeds up to 50 miles per hour (via the SuperZip® as shown in the video below.)

Forests, cliffs, caves, rope bridges, and the Hocking River offer beautiful vistas to fly over, and you’ll have personable guides to help you stay safe. This place offers five different award-winning tours, including a “Moonshine Tour” under the light of the full moon and tours that combine climbing, rappelling, and ziplining.

Soaring Tree Top Adventures

At Soaring Tree Top Adventures in Durango, Colorado, you can take 34 unique zip lines between old-growth alpine forest trees, across the Animas River, and through fresh mountain air. Ziplining here is designed as an all-day adventure for the whole family, with lines up to 1400 feet long. A four-course gourmet lunch, historic railroad transportation through a canyon, and an eco-tour are included, which makes this a first-class experience all around.

Ziplining is an exhilarating activity, and it’s safe and fun for most ages. If you’re searching for a new way to enjoy the scenery as you soar through the air, nothing can match it. And it’s also easy because you don’t need much equipment.

Dress for the weather, wear practical shoes, and bring sunscreen (since traveling fast doesn’t protect you from sunburn!), and you’re pretty much set. The SolRx 8 Hour WATERBLOCK SPF 50 is a great option because it won’t sweat into your eyes obscuring the breathtaking views.

Best Sunscreen for Swimmers: SolRx WaterBlock Formula

In some ways, you could say SolRx is among the best sunscreen for swimmers. Beyond just swimming and water sports, other types of athletes benefit in myriad ways from the WATERBLOCK technology that makes SolRx sport sunscreens so effective.

In addition to being a broad-spectrum sport sunscreen for swimmers, SolRx products also offer a incredible level of water resistance for prolonged exposure. The SolRx WaterBlock has been rigorously tested and designed for water immersion, so it’s an ideal product for swimming and people who spend a lot of time in the water. And it’s not only safe and healthy for humans. SolRx sunscreen is formulated in a way that protects our environment as well.

Why SolRx Sunscreen for Swimmers?

Whether you’re competing in an Ironman triathlon or just spending a day at the pool, SolRx is versatile sunscreen for all walks of life. With a wide variety of options like spray sunscreen and high-SPF protection, SolRx sport sunscreen caters to both elite-level swimmers and just about anyone water bound. Below we discuss a few specific reasons why SolRx is one of the best sunscreens for swimmers.

SolRx Sunscreen for Swimmers

8-Hour Water Immersion Protection

SolRx sunscreen products don’t merely meet FDA standards for sun safety, they surpass them. In fact, the test we helped develop to assess our sunscreen’s performance, with AMA Labs in the 1990’s, eventually became the new industry standard.

As one of our flagship sunscreens for swimmers, SolRx’s SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen was rated at SPF 35.83 even after 8 hours in the water. This means that athletes can be confident that no matter how much time they spend in the water their skin will be protected.

A Convenient Spray Sunscreen for Swimmers

spray sunscreen for swimmersAs you may know through experience, sunscreen that doesn’t stay on properly can affect your performance. If you’re entering a high-stakes activity, you need the best. SolRx has developed spray sunscreen that stays on skin, even after prolonged immersion in the water. This provides a convenient and highly-effective sunscreen for swimmers and triathletes, especially for the transition area as athletes prepare to head out on the bike for several hours at a time.

Because SolRx products cling so well to your skin, they won’t sweat off into eyes or wash away in the water. That means they do not cause the kind of irritation that can make a race or other endeavor more difficult. As a result, the spray sunscreen that SolRx offers makes for a popular option among endurance athletes.

Broad Spectrum Protection

At SolRx, we are recognized as the best sports sunscreen that swimmers count on for maximum protection from UVA/UVB rays. Unlike some sunscreens that only protect against UVA rays, our WaterBlock formula is also designed to be broad spectrum, ensuring coverage from both types of UV rays.

We offer a full line of broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA/UVB defense, including our Spray Dry, Dry Zinc, and Original Waterblock Formula. So when you’re out at the lake, pool, or ocean, be sure to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays with the broad spectrum defense that comes from SolRx sunscreens.

Environmentally-friendly Sport Sunscreen

Chemicals in sunscreen can damage the health of oceans by leaching corals of their nutrients in a process called “bleaching.” These chemicals can also disrupt the development of fish and other wildlife, reducing their ability to deal with climate change.best sunscreen for swimming

Recent studies have shown that this problem in our oceans is getting worse. Because SolRx products stay on the skin and can only be removed by soap and water, it’s a safer choice for people who believe that conservation of our water-based habitats is crucial. SolRx doesn’t add to environmental pollution.

If you’re a swimmer, it’s important to have an effective broad-based sunscreen that is as water-resistant as possible. You spent a lot of time in the sun. And when you’re out there, you’re busy thinking about other things – times, transitions, gear. The last thing you need is worry about whether your skin is being protected. That’s where SolRx comes in. We’re the choice among sport sunscreens for swimmers and athletes because we make it effortless for you to stay protected.

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Prep Tips for Tough Mudders

If you’re getting ready for a Tough Mudder, you might have a reputation for recklessness. But that doesn’t mean you’re careless. You’ve trained for the 10-12 miles, and you’ve worked on both improving your upper body strength and increasing your overall fitness levels.

But what about the other stuff? Prepare to get down and dirty with these gear tips to help you endure long distances, impossible obstacles, and mental and physical challenges.

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1. Choose your shoes carefully. The best shoes for this type of race are minimalist running shoes. These provide good grip and less padding and won’t absorb as much water. If you can’t get minimalist shoes, wear an old pair of running kicks that can be tightly laced so they don’t get sucked off into the mud. It happens! Don’t be surprised to see people duct taping their shoes to their legs to prevent this.

2. Wear lightweight clothes of synthetic material – if you’re not wearing a costume, that is!
Be minimalist with your wardrobe, too. Your clothes are just going to slow you down. They’ll get wet and muddy and heavy, so choose items that dry quickly and are breathable. Avoid cotton. Sturdy compression running shorts, shirts, and socks are recommended to keep your body dry and cool, and they may help you recover. However, you may also wish to minimize tight clothing, because mud will get stuck…everywhere. Avoid open pockets. And have a change of clothes ready for you at the finish line.

3. Don’t forget the sunblock. Yes, even covered with water and mud you can get sunburned. Remember, you’ll be outside for three hours or more. You need a broad-spectrum option that can provide long-lasting protection from both types of damaging ultraviolet rays. You’ll want a tried and tested brand like SolRx, which offers water resistance to such a degree that your grip isn’t affected and your sunscreen won’t sweat or run off into your eyes and irritate them. That’s a huge advantage.

4. Consider a headband and gloves, and leave the jewelry at home. Even if you manage to keep your jewelry on, subjecting it to mud and cold and water isn’t going to make it look more attractive. Gloves can help you with grip, but can also get wet and muddy and heavy, so you’ll have to decide if you wish to use them. Headbands are important for keeping long hair out of your face.

5. Hydration and energy levels are key. This is more like a marathon, not a sprint, and you’re going to need energy. Make sure your snack choices are easy to carry and access, such as small packets of energy gels. Don’t get dehydrated; most veterans recommend bringing wearable hydration packs, even if they’re bulky, and not counting on course water stations. Carrying fuel belts or handheld bottles can be problematic as you work your way through obstacles.

Now you’re ready. And don’t forget – Tough Mudders aren’t just about winning or whining. They’re about helping others and fostering camaraderie. So don’t forget to help others along the way, and have fun!

Preparing for Your Triathlon

You think you’re ready for your triathlon – you’ve trained hard on the trails, in the pool, and on your bike. Your swim cap is ready, your bike is tuned, and your training is going well. How do you make sure you’re ready for the actual day?

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Check Out The Course Ahead of Time

One of the best ways to prepare for a triathlon is to simply visit the race site ahead of time. Get the lay of the land, and know where hills, flats, and aid stations are.

If you know the location, you’ll be able to figure out how to deal with flow and where to stake out your transition area. A dry run may help you determine where weaknesses are. Know where the start is located.

Organize Your Gear and Transition Area

Make a checklist. Consider putting your equipment for different parts of the race in different bags. One bag should include food, hydration, and layered clothing. Make sure all your gear is set up in the transition areas in most efficient way. For example, open the straps on your cycling shoes, and roll your socks down to the toes so they’re easier to put on wet legs. Set up a balloon or colorful bandanna to mark your spot. Label your gear.

Don’t Forget Your Extras

You may not have much room for your equipment, and you want to just bring the necessities. However, don’t skimp: bring extra goggles or an extra cap, just in case. Have a small first-aid kit available. Bring lip balm, duct tape, a Sharpie, and extra lube. Also, make sure you’ve got a broad-spectrum sunscreen on hand. The right kind, with staying power and water resistance qualities, can help you save time as you move between activities. Remember to put sunscreen on at least five minutes before your body marking, or the ink may degrade. SolRx’s SPF 50 with WATERBLOCK technology won’t sweat off, will help keep you hydrated and can enhance your endurance.

Start Fueling Up The Day Before

Ideally, you’ve been eating a balanced diet for several days and paying attention to what you’re putting in your body. In the 24 hours before your race, reduce your portion sizes and up the lean protein portion – fish, chicken, beans, beef, turkey, and tempeh. Eat a light pasta meal, and avoid sweets and sugary drinks. Finish your pre-race dinner 10 hours before your pre-race breakfast, and eat three hours before the race starts.

Keep it Simple triathlon

There’s a lot of gear, so many steps, and a lot to remember during a triathlon. What do you do next? Where do you put those little things that you need? Just remember that you only need to swim, bike, and run to finish the race. It’s as simple as that. These events are often about balance. Trust your own pace in each activity, go by how you feel, and enjoy the ride. Staying relaxed and calm will help, no matter what the problem.

Triathlons are one of the fastest-growing participation sports in America for a reason. They’re a great way to push your limits and have fun along the way. But they can be intense, and there’s a bit of a learning curve, especially if you’re self-learning without a triathlon coach. Proper preparation can make the process easier and less panic-inducing, so make sure you’re ready, both mentally and physically.

The 5 Best Beaches in the U.S.

The truth is, U.S. beaches are pretty fantastic. We have lake beaches along the Great Lakes that enhance life in midwestern states, and we have coastlines on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans that are gorgeous year round. Beaches in Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, California, Hawaii, and Florida are among the best in the country. But these five are truly some of the best beaches in the U.S. and worth a visit no matter where you’re from.sport sunscreen waterproof beach

Lanakai Beach in Kailua, Hawaii, is a serene half-mile strip of public beach known for its gentle winds, clear turquoise green waters, and fine white sand. Its location on Oahu’s windward coast and a stunning view of the Mokulua Islands makes it a popular hangout for tourists and locals alike. There are so many beautiful beaches in Hawaii, yet this one stands out. There isn’t much shade in certain areas, so be sure to have your sunscreen on hand.

Bahia Honda State Park, located at mile marker 37 along Highway 1 in the Florida Keys, is a quiet and family-friendly spot, with three beaches, nature trails, and high-quality snorkeling and beachcombing. The Old Bahia Honda Bridge is a great place for watching sunsets, in one of the southernmost points in the country. Wading birds and other wildlife are abundant here. The very air itself will calm and relax you.

Race Point Beach, a Cape Cod National Seashore beach in Provincetown, Massachusetts, is known for the kind of picturesque and expansive views you expect from unspoiled Atlantic coastline. The water can be chilly, but seal and whale sightings (in season) might make up for that. This is a no-frills beach with minimal concessions – it’s just you, the sun, the sky, and the sea.

La Jolla, California, near San Diego, is actually a collection of breathtaking beaches in dramatic settings. Secluded coves, jagged cliffs, and beautiful sand abound at locations like Windandsea Beach. Expect magnificent waves, sugary sand, infinite blue seas, rocky landscapes, and beautiful light. The beaches of La Jolla can be tucked away, but the people are friendly and the geography is ever-changing.

Cannon Beach, a city in Oregon along the Pacific coast, offers views of the ocean, forested mountains to the east, and a marine garden at Haystack Rock full of sea life and birds like puffins and cormorants. A wide, clean expanse of sand allows for many family-friendly activities, and the water is cool and clear. This is a site that has been described as otherworldly and inspirational; it’s where the ‘80s film “The Goonies” was filmed.

The truth is, we haven’t even begun to delve into the amazing number of awesome beaches across this country. South Padre Island, Hilton Head, Martha’s Vineyard, South Beach, Ft. Lauderdale,– we have such a diversity of great ones, it’s hard to choose favorites. But there’s one thing we know for sure: the sun is strong along these sandy locales. Don’t forget a broad-spectrum sunscreen with water resistance, like SolRx SPF 50 with WATERBLOCK technology. You do not want to mar your beautiful beach experience with painful burns, no matter where you are.

Hiking Season – When to Apply Sunscreen

The hiking season is fast approaching! This means it’s almost time to spend your days outdoors, exploring trails in the bright sunshine. You already know you’ll need a good broad-spectrum sunscreen for these adventures, but you’re also going to need other products to protect your face. These may include moisturizer, to keep your face from getting dry, and bug spray, to keep the mosquitoes from eating you alive.sport sunscreen solrx hiking

Moisturizer First

Moisturizing is important when you’re going outside, especially in higher altitudes where there’s a lot of dry air. Many dermatologists recommend using it first, then putting sunscreen on top of that. That’s because you don’t want the water in your moisturizer to dilute the effectiveness of the sunscreen. You can even mix moisturizer and sunscreen together, as long as they each contain a safe level of SPF protection (25+) so that you’re not diluting the formula.

Sunscreen Next

Choose a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen for maximum protection. Make sure to apply a uniform layer, and apply sunscreen liberally. Most sunscreens are designed to get absorbed into your skin, while bug spray should stay on top of your skin, which is why you need to apply sunscreen first.

SolRx’s WATERBLOCK sunscreen is not only resistant to water but also to sweat, making it a great choice for summertime hikers.

Then, Insect Repellent

You need to wait for at least 5-10 minutes to allow sunscreen to dry. If at all possible, wait a half hour. This will allow plenty of time for the sunscreen to bind to your skin before you add insect repellent. Make sure to cover all exposed areas of skin, but use the minimum amount needed. Apply a light layer, then add to it as needed.

Adding Makeup

If you’re going to wear makeup, do it between your sunscreen and insect repellent. Wait at least 3-5 minutes before adding makeup, such as foundation, to make sure that the sunscreen is not diluted further. Don’t use excess pressure, and don’t rub. Do not use makeup with SPF as your sole form of protection from UV rays, because most people do not use enough makeup to provide the level of protection listed on the container.

Reapplication

If you’re staying out in the sun for long periods of time, you will need to reapply. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied more than insect repellent in general, but if you are using both you’ll have to reapply both products, keeping in mind the above instructions.

If you’re using a formula with the 8 hour WATERBLOCK technology from SolRx, frequent reapplication isn’t necessary.

Please note that if you are using medication that must be applied to your face, that goes first. Moisturizer comes next, and may actually help absorption of any medication. Makeup follows, then insect repellent. The general rule of thumb is that products designed for absorption into your skin should go first, followed by products designed to stay on top of skin. Just make sure you are adding enough, and reapply when necessary!

SolRx Sponsors Team Dimension Data for Quebeka

SolRx is now the official sunscreen for Team Dimension Data for Quebeka, the South African road cycling team.Team Dimension Data

The team is one of 18 confirmed World Tour teams for 2016, has a history that dates back to 2007. That’s when it was founded as MTN-Quebeka, sponsored by a South African cellular phone network provider. A year later, it became a Union Cycliste International Continental Team, and remained so until 2012. After that, it was registered as a Professional Continental Team, and became the first such team from Africa. In 2015 MTN ended its sponsorship, and global information technology company Dimension Data has helped forge a new team from the old.

As MTN-Quebeka, Team Dimension Data has had some prominent successes. Gerald Ciolek won Milan-San Remo in 2013, and the team got its first Grand Tour wildcard for the 2014 Vuelta a España. The team made history as the first registered team from Africa to take part in the 2015 Tour de France. There, Steve Cummings won in the first stage of the tour, stage 14 of Mandela Day. The team won a second Grand Tour stage victory at the 2015 Vuelta a España thanks to Kristian Sbaragli.

Team Dimension Data for Quebeka

The new Team Dimension Data was created last year to reflect the new sponsorship. The name change displays the team’s support of Quebeka, World Bicycle Relief’s South African program. Quebeka gives bicycles to people in need in order to help improve communities, the environment, and individual growth.

Team Dimension Data for Quebeka is now one of the UCI’s confirmed World Tour teams for 2016, which means it will compete in 28 road cycling events throughout the men’s cycling season. The season started with the Tour Down Under on January 19, and ends this October 9 with a team time trial at the World Championships. This is the eighth edition of the UCI’s ranking system.

Members of Team Dimension Data

International Team Dimension Data members include:

  • Igor Anton (ESP)
  • Natnael Berhane (ERI)
  • Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)
  • Theo Bos (NED)
  • Matthew Brammeier (IRL)
  • Mark Cavendish (GBR)
  • Stephen Cummings (GBR)
  • Mekseb Debesay (ERI)
  • Nicolas Dougall (RSA)
  • Bernhard Eisel (AUT)
  • Tyler Farrar (USA)
  • Omar Fraile (ESP)
  • Nathan Haas (AUS)
  • Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA)
  • Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA)
  • Songezo Jim (RSA)
  • Merhawi Kudus (ERI)
  • Cameron Meyer (AUS)
  • Adrien Niyonshuti (RWA)
  • Serge Pauwels (BEL)
  • Youcef Reguigui (ALG)
  • Mark Renshaw (AUS)
  • Kristian Sbaragli (ITA)
  • Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR)
  • Daniel Teklehaimanot (ERI)
  • Jay Thomson (RSA)
  • Johann van Zyl (RSA)
  • Jaco Venter (RSA)

SolRx, with its high-performance, broad-spectrum sunscreen, is proud to sponsor these elite cyclists as they compete in many different weather conditions around the world.

Tennis, Anyone? SolRx Is Preferred by Tennis Players

Do you play tennis? If so, you know it’s vital to keep your skin protected during those long, hard hours of practice on outdoor courts, be they clay, grass, or some other material. Although you’re always in motion, that doesn’t protect you from the sun. Don’t let your favorite athletic endeavor result in conditions like melanoma or skin cancer – use a sunscreen preferred by elite athletes. SolRx is perfect for picky tennis players.non-greasy sunscreen tennis grip

Broad-Spectrum Sun Protection that Resists Water

Plenty of athletes don’t like sunscreen, but it’s hugely important. Tennis players especially are exposed to bright, hot sunlight on hard, sometimes reflective courts for potentially many hours of the day. That much exposure to the sun is dangerous for skin both on a temporary level – UVB rays causing sunburn – and on a long-term cellular level – UVA rays causing skin cancer and melanoma. Athletes prefer SolRx products because our sunblock offers effective, long-lasting, broad-spectrum protection from both of these UV rays.

Water Resistance Gives You An Advantage

The WaterBlock technology used by SolRx ensures that sunscreen won’t sweat off your face and drip into your eyes obscuring your vision. This means you don’t need to fear putting sunscreen on your forehead. You must have a water-resistant sunblock if you’re being active. You need to make sure playing conditions are perfect.

Non-Greasy Spray Is Excellent for Grip

SolRx products come in several different formats, but tennis players often prefer our non-greasy spray. This is because spray-on sunscreens are easy to apply, even for hard-to-reach places. Spray-on sunscreen is lightweight and dry quickly, and they also don’t get your hands all slippery from rubbing lotion onto the rest of your body. As you know, grip is key in tennis; how you hold the racquet might be the single most important factor in your swing. So making sure your palms are dry definitely affects your game.

Don’t skip the sunblock. Your tennis whites look sharp, but you often can’t wear clothing that protects from the sun while on the court, because it might obscure your vision and movement. That’s why it’s so vital to choose a sunscreen that stays on and helps you play your best. SolRx is the choice for elite players from many disciplines, so find out how our sunblock can give you an advantage.

Spring Break Packing List – Don’t Forget the Sunscreen!

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Spring Break isn’t just a vacation in the middle of the spring semester, it’s also a rite of passage for students and a time to celebrate the end of winter. Are you going someplace with beaches, ocean, and outdoor excitement this Spring Break? If so, you might need a little packing help, since you’re so used to the winter blahs that you’ve forgotten what it’s like to experience the warmth of the sun. Here are some of the important items you don’t want to forget:

Sunglasses

Your eyes will need protection from bright sunlight, so make sure not to forget your sunglasses. Your destination will certainly have substitutes, but they may not be as inexpensive or as cool-looking as the ones you have at home.

Sunscreen

This is a vital item for any vacation, as it will protect you from both skin cancer and sunburn. If you forget it, you can buy it anywhere, but the broad-spectrum, water-resistant formula you prefer may be more expensive or unavailable elsewhere. Just remember that you can’t take more than 5 oz. of liquids on the plane, so you may wish to opt for a travel size.

All SolRx sunscreens come in 3oz travel-sized versions. And, if you do happen to get burned from too much fun in the sun, SolRx Blue Aloe has 2% lidocaine to cool the skin and take away pain immediately.

A Hat

The best way to protect yourself from the stronger UV rays you’ll experience in some parts of the world is to cover up, and a good-looking hat can showcase your style as well as keep the hot sun off your head.

Medications

It’s a hassle to try and get prescriptions refilled while you’re away, so do a double-check and make sure you have the medications that you need for the week, secured in travel-friendly containers.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel can offer cooling relief for burns. It can help heal minor wounds, relieve itching and irritation, and act as an antibacterial product. Given that many spring break vacations involve a lot of time in the sun, it’s good to have some of this on hand just in case.

Corkscrew/Bottle Opener

Spring Break might involve some alcohol, and hopefully responsible drinking with good friends. But, if you don’t have the right tools, you may get frustrated trying to get your drink open. Make sure you have a tool on you so you don’t have to pause the party.

International Power Adapter

If you’re leaving the country, you may wish to have a power adapter on hand so that no matter where you’re going, you can charge up your all-important devices, from laptops to e-readers.

Water Bottle

Where you’re going you’ll experience no shortage of beverages – but you may have to pay a lot to hydrate. Instead of counting on waterfront bars and waiters, bring a water bottle and fill it in your hotel room before heading out for the day. It’s cheaper and more convenient.

A Change of Clothing in Your Carry-On

If your travel plans go awry, you don’t want to be stuck in long pants and sweaters. Bring a suit, shorts, and a top in your carry-on, so you can get started with the fun as soon as you arrive, even if something happens to your luggage.

Spring Break promises to be totally exciting this year! Don’t put a damper on the fun by forgetting something important. Make sure you’ve got the important things you need to take care of yourself and your skin. Then, you can focus on getting the most out of your vacation.