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7 Sunscreen Tips

The majority of people don't apply enough sunscreen when they adventure outdoors. It's important to apply enough sunscreen to your exposed skin to get the maximum protection. It's also important to reapply sunscreen multiple times throughout the day to maintain maximum protection.

Paul Bodnar      Educational       8/11/2021
Paul Bodnar
Educational
8/11/2021

Sunscreen Tips

  1. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher.
  2. The Sun’s rays are strongest between 10AM and 2PM. This is a great time to take a break from hiking in the shade.
  3. When hiking on snow or even sand, the Sun reflects from the ground. This increases your chances of getting a sunburn.
  4. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your neck and ears! Those areas are often forgotten.
  5. Protect your lips with lip balm with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  6. Reapply sunscreen about every two hours or according to the directions on the bottle.
  7. Carry enough sunscreen so you don’t run out on your hike. Use the sunscreen calculator below to estimate how much sunscreen you need to carry on your thru-hike or backpacking trip.

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Photo courtesy of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association

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About the Author
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Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the PCT again in 2010 to do research for his guide book, Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the PCT.