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8 Tips For Surviving Summer in RVA

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by Kate Vinnedge

Photo by Will Fisher

 

These summers sure are getting ridiculous. Stepping outside - let alone staying out there - can be reason enough to warrant a shower. Before we all melt, let’s get into our 8 tips for surviving summer in RVA.

1: Sunscreen

No, it’s not a parrot of your mom - it’s good life advice. Whenever you can, always wear sunscreen. There’s a lot of outdoor activities to do during the summer in Richmond - having to sit out a river day because of sunburn is no fun.

2: Garden organically

While it’s necessary to keep pests away from the food you’re growing, we want our insect friends like bees to survive the summer as well - without them, we wouldn’t have much in the way of plants to grow.

You can make your own organic pest repellant at home with some simple ingredients: neem oil, peppermint, garlic, soap, and chili pepper mixed together make a great concoction that’ll keep bad bugs away without harming the good ones.

3: Turn your backpack into a portable cooler

Okay - this takes a little bit of prep to pull off, but it’s totally worth it. First, put some water in a thermos, and freeze it over night. Next, take a plastic bag - it can be a grocery bag, sandwich bag, whatever you want. Then, wrap the outside of it with aluminum foil. Put your water bottle inside the bag, and then put the thermos on top of your bottle(s).

Put all that inside another plastic bag so the aluminum foil doesn’t rip, and viola! You’ve got a lightweight and mobile cooler that will stay cool for hours!

4: The pavement is not your friend

But the parks are - or anywhere with an abundance of trees and grass. Urban areas can be as much as 5 degrees hotter than green spaces. Check out our blog for a list of ideas of parks to visit.

5: Get your dog some shoes

Speaking of hot pavement - remember that your dog is walking on it barefoot - their paws might be tougher than our bare feet, but if you can cook an egg on the sidewalk, your pup doesn’t belong on it without some heat protection!

6: Update your parking procedure

When you park, make sure to turn your steering wheel 180 degrees. If your car is in the sun for more than ten minutes, your palms won’t want to hold on for more than two seconds.

7: A little lesson in thermodynamics

If your house gets warmer during the night than it does during the day, your roof could probably do with some more insulation. The night sky absorbs more heat than that of the day - so more air from your home will attempt to escape through your ceiling rather than your windows.

8: Have fun

There’s nothing better than Richmond in the summer! The river, the Kickers, the Squirrels, the breweries, the trails, the events - it’s like this city was made for summer. Before you know it, we’ll be shivering away the winter, wishing for warmer days, so enjoy them while they’re still here!

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