It’s that time of year again: Summer is almost upon us. And whether you’ll be enjoying yours in the city or in the country, on the lake or by the beach, this is the season of spending time outdoors with family and friends. This month, Consumer Reports has you covered with everything you’ll need to know to get the most out of your summer adventures—and to stay safe while you do.

Before you soak up the sun, find out which sunscreens will best protect you from burns or other harmful skin damage. Our breakdown of insect repellents will equip you to make the smart choice about how to keep unwanted pests away, a particularly vital concern given the rise of mosquito-borne viruses. If you’re in the mood for a summer barbecue, we have full Ratings of the top grills on the market—as well as crucial tips on how to avoid the potentially serious risks of undercooked meat.

And when it’s time to cool off indoors, our air conditioner reliability and energy-­savings scores will empower you to get the most value and contentment out of your unit during the dog days of summer. Wherever you find yourself in the months ahead, you can count on Consumer Reports to have your back—offering data-­driven guidance you can trust, so you can keep your mind on what matters: enjoying the season.

As Consumer Reports continues to celebrate 80 years of working with consumers to build a fairer, safer, healthier marketplace, we’ve dug into our archives to showcase highlights from our history. This month we look back at our long legacy of health coverage, from an examination of Alka-Seltzer advertising in our very first ­issue in 1936 to our award-­winning series on the rise of ­superbugs last year. We hope you’ll take the opportunity to check out all of our historic content throughout our anniversary year. And as you peruse our past, we also hope that you’ll look to the future by taking ­advantage of an exciting new technology we’re exploring to bring even more of our ­content to life on your smartphone.

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the July 2016 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.