There’s no denying it: Summertime is the perfect time to get out on the water and fish to your heart’s content. Unfortunately, that’s also the season when you’re most likely to be exposed to ultraviolet rays, which can lead to dangerous sunburn and long-term skin damage. Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself from the sun during your outdoor adventures – here are some of our best Sun Protection gear.
Use Sunscreen to Protect against the Sun’s Rays
While it might seem elementary, applying sunscreen before heading outdoors is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from UV rays. Using a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection will help your skin ward off cancer-causing rays. Although sunscreen should be part of your everyday beauty routine year-round, it’s especially important in Louisiana. In fact, in just 2022 there have been more than 1,010 new melanoma cases in Louisiana alone. One reason could be our exposure to unprotected sunlight while boating and fishing along our scenic Gulf Coast waters. Remember: A little bit of sun protection goes a long way!
When you’re out in bright sun, wear sunglasses. While it may be hard to read a map with them on, that’s a good thing—your eyes need protection from UV light. Sunglasses will also protect your eyes if you’re hit by sand or dust kicked up during your excursion. Your eyes could suffer severe damage without protection, and they’re also one of your body’s most delicate organs.
Wear Wide-Brimmed Hat for Max Sun Protections
When out in direct sunlight, protect your face and ears. The best way to do that is with a wide-brimmed hat—it’s not just a style choice! Make sure it’s lightweight and light colored, so you can wear it for long periods of time without feeling hot or sweaty. A good fishing hat will have UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) built into it, which protects against harmful rays. Look for fabric that has at least 30 SPF protection; go higher if you plan on being outside for extended periods of time.
Wear UV Protective Clothing or Swimsuits
When you’re going boating or swimming in places where there are no lifeguards, it’s a good idea to wear UV protective clothing that covers your entire body. Swimsuits can also provide some protection, but it’s not enough when you need higher coverage areas like your head and shoulders. If you want to be really safe, you can always consider wearing a UV rated motorcycle helmet. It might look funny, but it will protect your face and neck better than anything else.
Shop Lake Charles Tackle
If you’re looking for the right gear for your next fishing trip, Lake Charles Tackle has you covered! Our shop has everything you need from the best sun protection gear to fishing rods to bait! So, before you hit the waters, stop on by and stock up!