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Tips for keeping kids comfortable outdoors

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The kids are out of school and you've earned some vacation time. You're bound to have a few outdoor activities planned for the family this summer, and that means there will be ample time for bonding with your children and enjoying the warm weather. However, it also means there are many chances for things to quickly go south. The kids could start fighting with one another, someone could get a bad sunburn and more.

The first step to avoiding injury and unnecessary issues is preparation. Follow this guide to keeping your kids safe outdoors.

Don't forget to apply sunscreen.Don't forget to apply sunscreen.

Pack Sunscreen
There's nothing like a severe sunburn to ruin your vacation after the first day. The sun is sneaky, and even if your kids don't feel burned or look red, the painful and unsightly effects of the sun can show up later on. Once the skin is burned, there's no way to reverse it. All you can do is treat the painful stinging with ice packs, aloe and plenty of water.

Be sure to do everything you can to avoid the trouble in the first place. Instruct your kids to apply sunscreen throughout the day and reapply after periods of sweating and water activity. They should wear hats, eye protection and clothing to further protect themselves from the sun's strong rays.

Know everyone's limits
You might naturally rise with the sun, drink coffee and be ready for a morning hike, but that doesn't mean the rest of the family is onboard. Your kids need sleep so they have energy throughout the day and can last through the night without getting fussy. If you have an adventurous trip planned, be sure to factor in periods of rest as you see fit for everyone else. When people are tired, things are bound to go downhill.

"Watch your kids closely, even if there's a lifeguard."

Monitor water activity
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result. If you're spending time by a pool, lake or ocean this summer, be sure to watch your kids closely. Even just sitting by a body of water can be a threat to their well-being, as they call fall in without you knowing. Watch them even if there's a lifeguard on duty.