6 Useful Tips For Reading Outside

It’s still a little too early to say Spring is here to stay for us in Montana. But regardless of where you are, if you’re anything like me, sunny days make you desperate to get out and soak up that Vitamin D.

As a sun worshiper, I try to take as many activities outdoors as I can in the spring and summer months. This results in a lot of trial and error when it comes to taking things outside and making sure they don’t get ruined. This applies to my clothes and shoes, electronics, dogs, and especially my books!

Reading outside is easier said than done sometimes, depending on where you are. Here are some tips I’ve learned over the years to keep yourself and your books in top condition!

  1. Use book covers

I use these because there’s been a recent trend of book covers made out of some weird material that has a waxy feel that I do not like. Touching it gives me the heebie-jeebies. The bonus is that a cover protects my books as well. I bought this stretchy fabric one for less than a buck.

There are fancier options available on Amazon or Etsy, and there’s always the good ‘ol DIY option. Here’s instructions for making waterproof book covers from oil cloth. If you’re an e-book reader, there are tons of options for covers as well.


2. Bring a bag

Rarely do I settle in to read without a stack beside me; another book (or two), a notebook, pens, and page tabs are my usual must-haves. So if I’m going to read outside, or while traveling, I toss my stack of accessories into one of my many tote bags. Depending on where I’m going, I’ll also have my sunscreen and a water bottle, and let’s be honest – a snack.


3. Apply sunscreen first

See above. Because trust me, if you don’t apply first,  you’ll suddenly remember and say “Oh I’ll do it at the end of this chapter” and then get sucked into the world of your book and forget!

4. Wear sunglasses

There’s macular degeneration on both sides of my family history so I’m serious about wearing sunglasses when I’m outside, year round. When it comes to reading in the sun though, they’re especially important to cut down on glare and squinting.


5. Change up your reading position frequently

This avoids cramps and oddly shaped sun spots!


6. Take occasional breaks to enjoy your surroundings

Whether you’re on the beach, in a forrest, or your own backyard there’s a lot to enjoy about being outdoors. Every once in a while, tear yourself away from the story, put your book down and look around.


So here’s wishing you many happy days of outdoor reading this spring and summer! Will my tips making your life easier? Are there any you would add?


  1. Doree Weller

    May 15, 2018 at 7:10 am

    I love the idea of taking a bag of supplies with you. I’m always forgetting my post it tabs and a pen or highlighter. If I do remember them, I feel like I’m carrying a stack of stuff around (and I inevitably drop something). Great idea! I think I’m going to make a dedicated bag of book stuff.

  2. Ramona Mead

    May 15, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    I have a zipper pouch I always carry with me with pens and all that little stuff in it. Then I can toss that into my purse or bigger bag with a book and notebook!

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