With summer-time temperatures already upon us, it’s time to be honest about living in GR8RJax™.
It gets hot here.
Your Examiner laughs every time she checks with the local chambers of commerce to see what the median summer temperature is.
According to officialdom, summer high temps in our neck of the woods average out at about 88°F.
And yet temperatures in Greater Jacksonville have already hit the mid nineties this year.
It’s time to get your minds right.
Here’s a short list of stuff you should carry with you to keep yourself safer in the Florida heat:
- Buy some decent sunscreen. Not sun-tan lotion, not sun block – sun screen. If you haven’t tried spray-on, do. You need an SPF factor of at least 30. Fair-skinned? Several makers like Ocean Potion® (developed by Skincare Research in Cocoa Beach, Fla.) have formulas with SPF 50 and above. Ocean Potion sunscreen is available from Drugstore.com.
- Buy pre-paid gas cards, phone cards, debit cards and bus passes. Paying “emergency” expenses forward is a great way to stretch tight budgets. That way you won’t be stranded out in the heat with a dead cell phone battery, no food, no gas and no way to get home. Local grocery stores and mega stores all have gift card racks, and you should be able to get all four kinds of pre-paid cards for under $100 total.
- Get a hat or a parasol. Go to Michaels® or Joann Fabrics® and drop $3 on decorations. Shade yourself proudly in GreaterJax™ style with your own designs.
- Hit the dollar stores and get brightly-colored beach toys – a sieve, a pail and shovel, beach towel, beach umbrella. Maybe a beach ball and a pool noodle. The beach is free, Dear Readers, what is wrong with you? Have some fun.
- Lay off the soda and drink water. Keep a couple of gallons of spring water in your car (or carry sport bottles in your bag). Publix® sells spring water for $.80 a gallon. You can refill your bottles from you kitchen faucet, too.
- Get plenty of potassium. Drink Florida orange juice, eat bananas and tomatoes. (And banana splits and pizza count.)
The great thing about your GreaterJax™ Survival Kit is that you can build it up over two or three weeks, so it doesn’t cramp your style or your budget.
Think of it as training for your first real hurricane kit.
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OFFICIAL BIO: K Truitt is a second-generation, native Floridian born in Jacksonville. Truitt worked in public higher education for 25 years and knows newspaper publishing, printing and graphic design. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org