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Have right gear for time outside

For outdoor enthusiasts, it’s always the right season to get outdoors. Whether you are mountain climbing, backpacking in the sun or even headed to a snowy climate for some skiing, certain gear and tips can make it easier.

Skin protection

For most outdoor adventures, you won’t be decked out in a bathing suit, but your exposed skin can still get burned and permanently damaged. In fact, if you will be mountain climbing or simply enjoying nature in a hilly terrain, protecting your skin from harmful UV rays becomes more important at high altitudes.

Be sure to pack a good quality sunscreen with a high SPF that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation and is water-resistant. During breaks, don’t forget to reapply – every two hours is a good guideline to follow.

Durable gear

It’s always a good idea to outfit yourself with the proper gear. When selecting a watch, opt for something sensible and functional. A watch resistant to water and low temperatures not only tells time, it monitors nature’s elements and can keep you apprised with useful information.

For example, the Pro Trek series PRW3000-1 uses atomic timekeeping technology and has an altimeter, barometer and thermometer and a digital compass with bearing memory.

Temperature control

Being active in the outdoors means that you can quickly go from being hot to being cold. But the right clothes can do away with this concern.

For your base layer, think breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics to help you stay cool – or warm up – as you go.

– StatePoint