The hot weather is here…(in Florida it’s been hot since February) and that means tons of outdoor promos and events. Follow these tips to keep your energy up and a smile on your face!
Take it easy the night before a summer outdoor promotion. It’s not the time to stay out late and have one too many the night before your event. Hangovers and direct sunlight do not mix! Get a good night’s sleep so you can wake up early and refreshed to get to your event on time and ready to promote.
Tip #2: Stay Hydrated
Bring a refillable water bottle and take small drinks often throughout the day. Of course ask your team lead if you can refill the water (don’t just leave footprint) if water isn’t provided for you. Avoid caffeine and alcohol (you know you can’t drink when working an event – right?!).
Tip #3: Eat Light Meals
For all promoters working at festivals- avoid the deep fried Oreos! It will only weigh you down. Heavy, fried foods and too much sugar do not go well when working in the sun or in high temperatures. Eat a light, healthy breakfast and bring high energy snacks with you for your breaks such as fresh fruit or a granola bar. For lunch, try your best to find something light and eat smaller portions. And in case you were wondering, philly cheesteak and chili fries are not light and healthy!
Tip #4: Wear Cotton and Hats, Sunglasses (if allowed)
Follow uniform guidelines but have summer weight fabric options. Wear cotton and other breathable fabrics instead of synthetics. It will make a huge difference. If the client allows you to wear shorts- don’t take advantage. Ladies: NO short shorts- wear knee length shorts only. Remember you are working so your shorts need to be consumer appropriate. Follow uniform guidelines but ask if hats and/or sunglasses are allowed. Make sure any cap/hat you have is non branded – think plain black baseball cap – not a huge sun visor or beach hat. A non branded cap is more likely to be allowed if it’s not provided for you.
Tip #5: Always Wear Sunscreen and Reapply
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should follow the rules below when applying sunscreen.
- Choose sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage.
- Apply sunscreen generously before going outdoors. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect you.
- Use enough sunscreen. Most adults need at least one ounce of sunscreen, about the amount you can hold in your palm, to fully cover all exposed areas of your body. Rub the sunscreen thoroughly into your skin.
- Apply sunscreen to all bare skin. Remember your neck, face, ears, tops of your feet and legs. For hard-to-reach areas like your back, ask someone to help you or use a spray sunscreen. If you have thinning hair, either apply sunscreen to your scalp or wear a wide-brimmed hat. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm with a SPF of at least 15.
- Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours to remain protected, or immediately after swimming or excessively sweating.
So make sure you apply your first layer of sunscreen BEFORE you arrive to the event and remember to bring it with you so you can reapply throughout the day. Even if you are working under a tent, you still have to walk to and from your transportation or you may have to work out in the crowd. Be prepared for any scenario!
Tip #6: If You Can’t Take the Heat…
Well you know how the rest goes. The heat isn’t for everyone. If you know you are heat averse or can’t work in the sun for whatever reason, don’t sign up to be a promoter at an outdoor event. You should know by now that events and promos are on rain or shine so you have to be flexible and be willing to work in any capacity at an outdoor event. Read the event description carefully and ask questions before confirming your availability to work.