7 Sunscreen Tips

By: Stephanie Stuehler

Sunscreen Tips

  1. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
  2. The Sun’s rays are strongest between 10AM and 2PM. This is a great time to take a break from hiking in the shade.
  3. When hiking on snow or even sand, the Sun reflects from the ground. This increases your chances of getting a sunburn.
  4. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your neck and ears! Those areas are often forgotten.
  5. Protect your lips with lip balm with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  6. Reapply sunscreen about every two hours or according to the directions on the bottle.
  7. Carry enough sunscreen so you don’t run out on your hike. Use the sunscreen calculator below to estimate how much sunscreen you need to carry on your thru-hike or backpacking trip.