4 Must-Haves for your Back-to-School Checklist

Summer break is wrapping up, and it’s time to focus on checking all the boxes when it comes to preparing for the first day of school. Before your kids hit the books, we have four must-haves to keep in mind as summer weather continues into the school year. And, you can pin the checklist for safe keeping, too!

1. EPA-approved bug repellent

Peak mosquito biting hours vary based on the type of mosquito, with some biting all day. This means if you or your kids are enjoying the outdoors, such as during recess, mosquitoes are too. Only EPA-approved bug repellents are proven to prevent mosquito bites, so make sure to apply and reapply using label directions every time you and your family head outdoors.

2. Sunscreen, hat & sunglasses

Avoid two-in-one products when shopping for sunscreen and bug repellent. Apply sunscreen first, followed by EPA-approved bug repellent. Read the label directions on both your sunscreen and repellent to determine how often you should reapply, and make sure your kids know how and when to reapply if they’re at school, sports practices or a weekend sleepover. Add a hat and sunglasses for added shade and protection.

3. Refillable water bottle

Stay hydrated with about six 8-ounce glasses of water a day, and at least eight glasses for adults as recommended by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Add fruit high in water content such as watermelon to your school-goers’ lunchboxes for a hydrating (kid-approved) snack.

4. Temperature & ozone check

In the dog days of summer, the heat can sometimes be too intense for backyard or recess play, and measuring the temperatures using a weather app can help. Check the ozone status and heat index before kids step outside, and avoid peak sun hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If temperatures are above 95 degrees, it’s probably best to stay inside, pop in a movie, and wait for it to cool down.

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