Camping is the time to get outdoors and have some fun. You can shed the winter clothes and wear your favorite shorts, tank tops, and flip flops. You spend time in the pool, or just out visiting with your neighbors. You can finally soak up some of that good old vitamin D. Sometimes, you may find that too much time outdoors, too quickly, can be a good way to get sunburned.
Particularly in this area of the country, once summer arrives, we have spent the last six to eight months indoors. Our skin hasn’t had much sun explosure in a quite awhile so we need to take it slow and add a layer of protection when we do go out.
Sunscreen is so important, even on cloudy days. Choose a brand with a high SPF and be sure to reapply it often during the day. Make sure to get the areas that are easily forgotten such as the top of your feet and the part in your hair. A sunburn can ruin a long awaited camping trip and that’s the last thing we want for you. If you or the kids will be swimming, choose a sunscreen that is water resistent and won’t wash off easily every time they jump in.
Wear a hat and sunglasses. Pick a big, floppy hat that will make you look fabulous or even a ball cap that shades your face. Make sure the kids’ heads are covered, too. Sunglasses will save your eyes not only now but in years to come. Your eyes can be damaged not just from the sun but also from reflections of the sun off the water, so if you are boating or sitting around the pool your eyes are being exposed from all directions.
Wear light clothing. This will keep you cooler but will also serve to deflect the sun’s rays. It is a small difference but every little bit helps. And start slowly, building up to more time in the sun each day. Your skin will thank you for it.