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Stay Protected with Travel-Sized Sunscreen

When you’re traveling, the last thing you want to deal with is a painful sunburn. Going on a vacation or a trip is a prime time to get sunburned – usually because you either forget to pack your sunscreen and have to buy whatever you can find or simply aren’t accustomed to the weather conditions at your destination. You can also easily misjudge how strong the sun will be, particularly if you’re headed to the tropics or up into higher elevations, so your skin gets damaged.

UV rays don’t take a break when you take a trip so neither can you when it comes to protecting your skin. It’s essential to make sure you have the proper skin protection with you when you go on a trip. To help keep you protected, Sunscreen Bands offers the following tips and reminds you to take your Sunscreen Bands with you along with your travel sunscreen wherever you go!

Tip #1: Buy a Refillable Travel Size Sunscreen Bottle

Many people avoid checking baggage because of bag charges, so a travel-sized bottle may be the only sunscreen you are able to take. If you use liquid or lotion-based sunscreen, you will need to get a bottle no more than 3.4 oz. (100 ml) in order to take it in your carry-on luggage or purse. If you’re traveling with kids, you may wish to take one travel size sunscreen bottle per person to make sure you have enough sunscreen for your trip, since experts recommend about 1 oz. of sunscreen per application on an average-sized adult.

If you don’t want to take multiple bottles, take one travel size sunscreen bottle so you have something for the first day of your trip. Once you reach your destination, find a pharmacy and buy a bigger bottle to refill your travel size bottle in your room. Bear in mind if you’re traveling internationally, different countries may have different labeling and UV protection rating systems for sunscreen, so it may take extra effort to find the right product.

Tip #2: Consider Taking Other Types of Sunscreen

If you’re taking a beach vacation or a cruise, you would want to have the sunscreen you normally use to make sure you’re protected in the bright tropical sun. However, even on other kinds of vacations, you still need to protect your skin.

From hiking through a national park, taking a ski trip to even just walking historic sites with a tour group, you’re exposing at least some of your skin to UV rays in an unfamiliar climate. UV rays can be strong in some places for a number of reasons, including elevation, thickness of the ozone layer and even being on reflective surfaces like water or snow.

If you don’t want to take your usual lotion or gel sunscreen, consider using an alternative type of sunscreen to protect any exposed areas of skin. Travel sunscreen spray comes in bottles you can put in your carry-on and then fit in a purse or bag when you’re out during the day on your trip. Travel sunscreen spray may be better depending on the situation since you can just take it out and spray exposed skin. For instance, spray sunscreen might be ideal for active outdoor activities like skiing or biking because you may have your hands covered and not wish to take off your gloves.

If you don’t want to use travel sunscreen spray, consider getting travel sunscreen wipes. One advantage of these is they aren’t considered a liquid, so you can take as many packs as you want in your carry-on. They’re also really convenient if you’re out on a tour.  As you take in the sights, simply pull out sunscreen wipes from your pocket or purse to make sure you and your family is protected.

Tip #3: Using Travel-Sized Sunscreen Closer to Home

Even if you’re not taking a vacation or headed out to some exotic location, travel-sized sunscreen can still come in handy. Bringing a travel size sunscreen bottle or travel sunscreen wipes with you wherever you go can help ensure you keep your skin protected 24/7. Travel-sized sunscreen bottles, sprays or wipes can easily fit in your purse (or, for guys, in the glove compartment of your car or truck), so if you unexpectedly end up in the sun, you can keep your skin protected.  Also remember to take a pack of Sunscreen Bands, so you can monitor your UV exposure if you’re going to be out for an extended length of time.