Summer is almost here. It’s the season of beach trips, going camping and just relaxing after months of hard work. However, there are downsides that are often forgotten about when dreaming about the summer ahead. Here are some tips and tricks for surviving the hottest time of the year.

The most frustrating aspect of taking a trip to the beach may be the intolerable feeling of having sand stuck to one’s feet after taking a dip and tracking it into the car when it’s time to leave. To avoid this, apply baby powder to feet before getting into the car. Baby powder will absorb the moisture in the sand, making it easier to brush off.

The number one dread for most women and men alike is chaffing, especially between the thighs. Chaffing is usually caused by moisture (sweat) and friction. Bring a travel-sized deodorant stick with a powder formula instead of a gel. Deodorant is used to prevent excess moisture and it creates a smooth service for your legs to rub together with little friction. It’s small and no one is going to think twice about someone carrying extra deodorant with them, especially during the hottest season of the year.

Sunscreen can be off-putting due to its smell or consistency, but its use is essential during the summer. Sunscreen should be used every day, but that SPF smell can be overpowering for everyday use. Look up scented sunscreens; Sunbum is a great brand that smells like bananas and coconut. Loreal has sunscreen as well that smells more citrusy, which is a nice alternative to the typical sunscreen scent.

If you decide to skip out and take the risk, there is a way to relieve the pain that comes with it. Aloe Vera gel is a great way to soothe sunburns, but there is an even better way to relieve that pain while providing a pleasant cooling sensation.

Mix a bit of water into a container of Aloe Vera and pour the mixture into an ice cube tray. Freeze until a quick cooling relief is needed and rub the frozen aloe onto the burn. The coolness of the ice cube combined with the soothing power of the aloe will make that burn tolerable.

Summer is a favorite season amongst many, and enjoying the warm weather is a goal of many students. Don’t let a nasty sunburn or chaffing get in the way of getting out and making memories. Use these tips and make the most out of the summer.