03 June . 2021
Preparing for Summer in Arizona
A Holistic Checklist for Phoenix Summer
Everyone has missed out on a lot of life during the pandemic, so now is the time to begin preparing for a more active summer and doing all the things you weren’t able to do last year. Getting prepared effectively for the Phoenix summer temperatures needs a holistic approach and living in Estrella makes it easy to do. Here you’ll find quick tips for what to do in Arizona summers, how to get your home ready for summer, plus great suggestions for preparing your mind and body for summer fun at home or on the road.
⃞ Move more. With so many lakes, trails, activities, and amenities to explore during the cooler morning and evening hours, plus sparkling pools, splash pads, and complete fitness centers all within reach, there are plenty of ways to get your energy levels up, just don’t forget the sunscreen!
Quick Tip: Use the cooler morning hours for exercising and more strenuous activities to keep from overheating.
⃞ Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Did we mention staying well-hydrated? Always make sure to carry a reusable water bottle with you and carry extra water in the car for emergencies. If you’re hiking or biking, wear a hydration vest or carry electrolyte packets. While a cold beer or cocktail might really hit the spot during the day, alcohol is dehydrating. Drink moderately and have some water between each alcoholic drink.
Quick Tip: Feeling thirsty means that you’re already starting to get dehydrated. As soon as you notice you’re thirsty, drink some water and get out of the heat.
⃞ Eat fresh. There are all sorts of delicious flavors to explore! Many fruits have 90 percent water per volume: think juicy ripe watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and other melon varieties. Pineapples, oranges, raspberries, celery, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, and zucchini also have high water content, so you’re not only eating healthier, you’re staying hydrated!
Quick Tips: Enroll in a local cooking class to explore different cuisines, recipes, and cooking techniques. Don’t feel like shopping? Order in or sign up for one of the fresh food box services with curated recipes and ingredients delivered to your door.
⃞ Take some you time. Everyone needs time to relax, unwind, just breathe and be. Summer is the ideal time to savor some quiet time to chill out during an early morning or late-night swim. Yoga or meditation sessions outside in the fresh air add another layer of ahhhh.
Quick Tip: Savor your morning coffee, tea, or smoothie while watching the sunrise, or settle in for a glass of wine at sunset. Just breathe in all the beauty surrounding your home in Estrella.
⃞ Express yourself. Try your hand at creative writing or journaling; learn to paint at an art class from one of our local masters. Take up a new hobby you’ve meant to explore, like guitar or ceramics, or join an interest group, or take a dance or fitness class.
Quick Tips: Dance, sing, and don’t be afraid to get silly. Make a TikTok video with the kids; whatever your choice, just live out loud in every direction.
⃞ Plan a summer reading list. There’s nothing like relaxing poolside reading a good book, so why not visit the Goodyear Library to borrow a book or two or for an event? There’s also a wide range of kids clubs and seminars for adults, so there’s something for all age groups to enjoy.
Quick Tip: The Maricopa County Library Summer Reads Program offers programs for kids so they’ll learn to love reading while improving their reading and comprehension skills.
⃞ Get your home ready for summer. The most important thing to do before we hit the hottest days of Phoenix summer temperatures is to make sure your home is ready for summer. In Arizona, air conditioning is not a luxury, but an essential part of life.
Quick Tip: Get the A/C professionally tuned up. Regular seasonal maintenance is essential for keeping your air conditioning in good working order for years to come.
Quick Tip: Clear the area around your air conditioner. Clean up any debris such as leaves, dead grass, or weeds. Trim back any trees, shrubs, or bushes near the unit to adequate airflow to your air conditioner.
Quick Tip: Replace old pool toys and inspect all safety items for kids, especially water wings and other flotation devices. Ensure kids always have an adult supervising them when they’re in the pool, and keep all glassware inside and opt for plastic.
ON THE GO
Road trips are half the fun of summer vacation, and the northern parts of Arizona offer cooler temps. Now that you know what to do in Arizona summer and how to get your home ready for summer, here’s what you need to do if you’re planning a trip by car. Make sure your vehicle is ready for Phoenix summer temperatures. A little preparation can take you a long way.
Quick Tip: Make sure your vehicle AC functions well. Phoenix summer temperatures mean that your car can heat up quickly, so if the cooling system isn’t working efficiently or has a leak, it is best to have it repaired quickly.
Quick Tip: Change your oil more frequently, especially during the Phoenix summer monsoon months. Dust gets ingested into the intake and the oil more than in other climates, breaking down its viscosity and putting your vehicle in danger of breaking down, too. Changing your car’s oil more often can be necessary, even if it's synthetic. Change the oil filter regularly too, and don’t forget to check the tires for cracking or excessive wear due to the heat.
Quick Tip: Inspect belts/hoses and change the wiper blades regularly. The mixture of high Phoenix summer temperatures and dry air means belts and hoses can crack or break more frequently. Take a look at your wiper blades as they’re easy to forget between rain events. Wiper blades will dry and crack more often too, so they won’t clear your windshield view as efficiently. Putting your visibility at risk if you get caught on the road during heavy rains of monsoon storms isn’t smart, so change these annually at a minimum.
Now that you know how to get ready for summer and the most important things to do before Phoenix summer temperatures set in, get ready, get set, and go enjoy your summer!
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