Enjoy Your Meals Outside
One of the best parts about summer is loading up on fresh produce and hitting the grill. If you have the room, you should definitely take a crack at growing some of your own food, especially the stuff that’s cheaper to grow than it is to buy. Check out our #gardening tag for tons of ideas. For those of you that can’t put together your own garden, getting involved with a local CSA or food co-op can be great for finding cheap and high quality produce. When it comes to grilling, check out our guide to becoming the Memorial Day grill master—those tips last all year round, not to mention the other ones in our #grilling tag. If you’re going to grill those vegetables you grew in your garden, be sure you know where to put them on the grill for perfect, thorough cooking.
Lastly, don’t forget the drinks. Whether you’re just making a summer punch or something with a bit more kick, there’s a lot you can do to make it better, from using strongly-flavored ingredients right down to making better ice.
Get Some Exercise
If you’ve been exercising indoors all winter, it’s time to get out in the sun. It doesn’t matter what it is; from the usual running and swimming to the outdoorsy hiking and biking or even extreme tree climbing, we’ve got you covered. While you do it, make sure you’ve checked out our favorite fitness tracking gadgets and apps to help keep you in shape. Just make sure you’re doing everything you can to stay cool in the summer heat while you’re exercising—remember that heat fatigue may not be as bad as you think, and make yourself a hydrating sports drink as soon as you get home. Photo by Jeff Wright.
Work In Some Relaxation
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take some lazy time, too. Why not craft the perfect summer reading list and then kick back in one of your many DIY hammocks? Or, if you’re more of a movie buff, build an outdoor theater and invite the whole neighborhood over to roast marshmallows over a DIY fire pit. From turning scrap pipe into a lawn game and building your own DIY Slip ‘n Slide, there’s no shortage of cheap ways to relax in your own backyard.
Prepare for the Worst
Whether it’s simple things like bug bites and sunburn or more serious things like getting lost in the woods with nothing but a cellphone, be sure to brush up on all your summer survival skills. Learn to recognize the signs of drowning, polish your CPR chops, and build a small first aid kit to have on hand in case anything goes wrong.
We have more outdoor tips than you can shake a mashmallow-roasting stick at, so be sure to check out our #outdoors tag for even more summer fun. Got your own favorite outdoor summer activity? Share it with us in the comments.
Title photo remixed from Trailsource.com.