Life isn't always a picnic, but it can be on June 18. International Picnic Day is an informal holiday that calls for people to get together outdoors and enjoy themselves over a laid-back meal.
Picnicking probably started in France. When the Royal Gardens were opened, the public would spend a few hours there, often bringing along something to snack on.
Back then, the fashion required people to stay covered up. The ozone layer wasn't as damaged as it is today, so people picnicking in the Victorian era didn't have to worry about sun protection as much as we do today.
But if you spend a few hours outside today, life isn't going to be a picnic for you if you get a sunburn. Depending on your skin tone and where you live, you could get burned in just 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure.
When you're packing a picnic basket, keep Cabana Life in mind. We can't help you make finger sandwiches, but we can help you stay safe in the sun.
Our dresses and cover ups aren't just for the beach. Throw them over a pair of cutoff shorts, and you have a breezy outfit for your picnic. Instead of wearing a basic cotton T-shirt, throw a rashguard over a bikini top. You'll stay cool, and your arms, chest, back and shoulders will be protected from the sun. If you're going to be getting active, swim shorts and swim skirts will keep you covered with breathable fabric that prevents you from overheating.
In addition to what you wear, make sure that you take other sun safety precautions. Bring along some shade or a good beach umbrella if you're going to be out between the hours of 10am and 3pm. Don't forget to slather on the sunscreen before you leave the house and then within 20 minutes of being in the sun. After that, reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating.
Once you know that you're safe from the sun, you'll be more likely to let loose. The most important thing to do on International Picnic Day is to have fun.