There are a lot of sweet parts of summer but there are also a lot of things that can sting. If you'd like to enjoy summer more and spend less time nursing a sting this is the post for you. We'll have some great tips for surviving summer unscathed and we'll tell how you can use Stockpile easy at home inventory system around the house.
The Buzz About Bees
There's a lot of buzz about bees these days. This much needed species is in decline and we could all use some lessons in how to coexist with our flying friends. If you're planning to spend time outdoors and want to minimize your odds of being stung avoid wearing bright colors or sweet smelling scents. Bees are attracted to both and will often come check you out. Don't reach into bushes or flowering plants. The bees may be congregating there and your sudden appearance could startle them into attack mode. Full coverage outfits are another good option. The less skin you have showing the less likely you are to experience a painful sting. If you do attract the attention of a bee, remain calm. Swatting at them, screaming, or making sudden movements all increase your chances of having an unpleasant encounter. If you stand still and stay quiet they may just fly away in search of a flower.
There's nothing fun about having a sunburn. Radiating your own heat when it's already scorching outside is never fun. Neither is the painful red skin that hurts whenever anything touches it. Sunburns are even uncomfortable as they heal. Particularly bad burns may blister and peel before they clear up. There are several things you can do to avoid the burn. Minimize your time in the sun. If you can find a shady spot make use of the cover. You can also employ cover ups and a hat to shade your skin if you have to be in direct sunlight for any length of time. Apply sunscreen often. Spraying yourself down once at the start of your time in the sun only covers you for a little while. You'll need to reapply every few hours, if you are in and out of the water or sweating a lot you may need to put more sunscreen on more frequently. It's also important to be sure that the sunscreen you're using hasn't expired. While it doesn't necessarily "go bad" old sunscreen may be less effective and therefore not provide the protection you were counting on.
There are a number of animals that can deliver a painful sting. During summer months you'll want to watch out for a variety of critters depending on where you are. Be on the look out for jellyfish in the ocean, catfish in rivers and lakes, scorpions and snakes on hiking trails and other land regions. Even ants can be a threat this time of year. There are several varieties with bites that really sting. The best defense is to be alert and aware of your surroundings. None of these animals will set out to stalk you. Most often any contact is accidental, you either swim or step into their path and they are simply defending themselves against a threat. If you stay out of their way they'll leave you alone.
Pretty Plants Can Be Poisonous
Plants are another source of summer stings. There are a number of beautiful specimens that can deliver quite a punch. Stinging nettles, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, manchineel, tread-softly, hogweed, gympie gympie, and others have leaves or stems that sting. Before you head outside be aware of what dangerous plants are native to the area so you know what to be on the look for. Avoid contact with these plants and you'll be just fine. If you do brush up against something you'll need some anti-itch medication to soothe the sting. Calamine lotion, oatmeal based bath products, and some antihistamines can minimize the itch.
Save with Stockpile Easy at Home Inventory
Sometimes the sting only effects your wallet. Summer spending can really add up, especially if you add in some vacations. Luckily, Stockpile easy at home inventory solution can help you save. Knowing what you own keeps you from making unnecessary duplicate purchases. Being able to find what you have means you won't have to replace items just because you've misplaced something. Having a record of what you paid for previous purchases can also help you decide whether to take advantage of a sale or wait for a deeper discount. Stockpile easy at home inventory system makes all this simple. Creating item records is a breeze. You choose which fields to include in your records which allows you to track any and all info that matters to you. You can use areas and locations to be specific about where items are stored. When you can quickly find what you're looking for you'll be able to get outside faster and spend more time enjoying your summer. What are you waiting for? Start using Stockpile today!