The heat has risen – some might feel it has gone too far – and summer is clearly in full swing now. So many men will be enjoying the warm weather and the opportunity to stay outside and engage in summer activities like baseball, volleyball, swimming, barbecuing, camping out, cooking over campfires, etc. But summer means keeping an eye on one’s health amid all the heat, and that includes penis health as well. And since most men continue to enjoy their favorite solo pastime, masturbation, in the summer months, here are a few masturbation hacks to keep in mind while beating the heat.

- Stay hydrated. As when undertaking any summertime activity, it’s important to stay hydrated. On some days, practically any activity will cause a guy to sweat, and some men get really into their masturbation, to the point that they can get fairly drenched during the summer. Men who are “marathon masturbators” – who enjoy engaging in self-pleasuring for a long time, say an hour or more – especially need to be mindful of the loss of sweat. Drinking plenty of water or juice throughout the day is necessary, and it may be necessary to take a few sips during the actual masturbation process.

- Wash up afterward. In general, it’s a good idea to wash hands, penis, and any areas spattered by ejaculate, but it’s especially wise to do so during the hot months. Semen carries with it an aroma, and that aroma can become powerful during summer. In addition, washing away the sweat on the body that may accumulate can help keep away body odor in general and penis odor in particular.

- Involve a partner. Hot steamy sex can be great – but sometimes all of the sweat and stickiness might not be what a couple is in the mood for. Inviting a partner to join you in masturbation rather than penetrative or oral sex can add a different dimension to one’s sex life while enabling a couple to be sexually fulfilled without too much uncomfortable contact. For couples that never masturbate together, summer is a great time to explore this option.

- Be careful when heeding the call of the outdoors. Let’s face it, there’s something about the idea of sex outdoors that is really appealing – and sex can include masturbation. But as exhilarating as this can be, men need to remember that public masturbation is illegal. If a guy really wishes to do so, he needs to find a space that is secluded and where he won’t be witnessed by anyone other than perhaps furry little forest creatures. Aside from privacy issues, a man masturbating in the wild also needs to consider potential penis health issues. For example, whether stripping down naked or just pulling the penis out of the pants, a man really needs to be careful of exposure to plants like poison ivy or poison oak. Also, remember that penis skin is unused to sunlight (unless a man is a practicing nudist), and a long masturbation session outdoors could result in a sunburned member. Rather than being totally outdoors to masturbate, a guy may prefer masturbating in the relative privacy of his own tent. But still a word of caution is required: sound carries farther in a camp setting, so keep the moans and groans to a minimum if there are any neighbors nearby.

Masturbation at any time of the year can be a rewarding manner of self-expression, and the summer is no exception. The experience will be even better if a man is already regularly applying a superior penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) to keep his penis in better health. The best results will come from a crème that includes all the major required vitamins, such as A, B5, C, D, and E, which benefit from topical application directly to the penis. The best crème will also include L-carnitine, which is especially useful for aggressive masturbators. L-carnitine helps maintain penis sensitivity, which can be lost from over-enthusiastic handling during masturbation.