Summer is a time for all things adventure–even with the heat in full effect. When exploring the great outdoors, you should remember a few things before setting out on a hike, trek, or escapade.

Your neck is one of the most vulnerable areas on your body and much more sensitive than your head, arms, legs, and face. While you may love soaking up the sun, its powerful rays can cause long-term damage to your skin and health.

Follow along as we explore some practical tips on protecting your neck so that you can enjoy sunny days in a safe way. 

UPF Apparel: The Sun's Sneaky Opponent

Before diving into the intricate details of sun protection for the neck, let's chat about UPF protection and what it can do for you. Much like applying sunscreen with a higher SPF rating, UPF also has ratings. UPF stands for Ultra Violet Protection and can be considered sunscreen for your clothes.

When clothing has a UPF rating, it only permits a small fraction of the sun's rays to penetrate the fabric. For example, a UPF of 50 would only allow one 1/50th of the sun's rays through, which provides you with 98% protection. You get a shield from the sun without needing to reapply sunscreen or worry about allergic reactions to specific topical solutions. Pretty cool, huh?

The Basics of Neck Protection

Often underestimated, your neck is a key area of your body that demands strong sun protection. The challenge? Finding an effective barrier against the sun that doesn't leave your neck feeling like a heat-trapped sauna. Let's face it, nobody wants a scorching, sweaty, or scratchy neck.

Here are some things to remember the next time you're out in the sun:

Sunscreen Is Your Friend

Let’s face it, sunscreen works—and the importance of its application cannot be emphasized enough. Applying sunscreen at the start of your day doesn't guarantee all-day protection—it’s not just a ‘one and done’ kind of thing. Follow the product instructions religiously, especially when using lower SPF options. 

Apply a generous amount of broad-spectrum sunscreen on your neck, and keep applying every two hours or so. If you are sweating profusely, swimming, or playing water sports, it may be necessary to do so more often.

If you’re worried about harmful chemicals, some natural sunscreen alternatives are just as effective and may suit your needs.

All in all, sunscreen should accompany you on all of your outdoor adventures.

Embrace the Shade

If the sun shows no mercy, it might be time to step back and take a breather. There's a limit to what you can withstand on a sizzling summer day, particularly when you're at the peak of an active pursuit. Overexposure to the sun can lead to dehydration, lightheadedness, and exhaustion.Listen to your body's distress signals, as pressing on could lead to heatstroke or other serious health issues.

Hydrate often, but seek out the shade now and then. Encourage your group to take frequent breaks in the shade to avoid prolonged sun exposure, and use this as an opportunity to get to know someone better.

Sun Masks and Hoodies 

When the summer sun is blazing, your thirst for outdoor activities doesn't have to take a backseat. 

Whether you’re biking, fishing, running, or simply lounging around in the sun, UPF clothing from Free Fly lets you indulge in your pursuits while providing the armor you need to fight those intense rays. 

Free Fly's breathable sun mask is your best friend for sun protection. This mask protects your neck and face from harmful rays while being soft and breathable enough to wick away moisture and feel comfortable.

Men fishing while wearing sun masks and hoodies

Our line of men's sun hoodies and women's sun hoodies are also great options for defending yourself from the dangers of the sun. These hoodies pair maximum UV sun protection for your neck with a cool and comfortable fit, making them a seamless addition to your summer wardrobe. 

Free Fly Lets you Embrace the Outdoors—Responsibly

As outdoor enthusiasts, we know the incredible feeling of getting excited and energized for another warm, sunny day. With our women’s sun protection apparel or men's sun protection apparel, you can have a blast outdoors while ensuring that every part of you is protected.