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3 Things You Absolutely Need to Do Before Summer

Summers are too short to waste time catching up with off-season chores. No matter what type of outdoor fun you enjoy, you can be ready to soak in the sun from day one by taking care of these three essential things right now.

Check Your Old Summer Outfits

A lot can happen over a year. Whether you’re hanging on to those last few holiday pounds or have too many items in your closet that are hopelessly outdated. Don’t let it get you down. Sell or donate whatever doesn’t fit anymore and spend these few precious spring weeks restocking your closet with fresh, colorful new pieces in a more comfortable size and style.

While you are at it, make sure to check your swimsuits size to avoid any embarrassment. Chlorine and salt water are tough on fragile materials and can cause stretch fabric and elastic bands to deteriorate.

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Make Sure Your Outdoor Furniture is in Good Shape

Spending time outdoors with family and friends is one of the summer’s unrivaled pleasures, but outdoor furniture is vulnerable to damage from the elements or improper winter storage, and that could make them unsightly and unsafe.

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Before the season heats up, inspect furniture frames for weakness and cushions for thin spots in places that are regularly exposed to moisture and sunlight. Check for rodent damage and peeled paint, and repair or replace defective pieces.

Stock Your Bug Bite Box

Nothing spoils fun faster than bugs. Flying and crawling insects are not only a nuisance, but they can also be a health hazard. The West Nile and Zika viruses are growing threats and Lyme Disease infects more than a quarter of a million Americans annually. Even bites that seem harmless can cause severe and unexpected allergic reactions. To keep bugs at bay, gather insect repellents and learn how to use them safely. There are both natural and chemical options for everyone depending on the risk and need.

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No repellent, unfortunately, can stop all insect bites and when they happen, they can be itchy and painful, so stock your bug bite box with a few remedies that can take the discomfort out of stings. Products in travel form like sprays and wipes are especially handy for last-minute road trips.

Don’t let summer slip by! Invest a few hours now and be ready to get a jump start on the summer fun.

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