Sun safety during summer trips: prevention and treatment

Tips & tricks

Keep your skin safe this and every summer! From avoiding midday sun to using natural remedies, find out the best ways to prevent and treat sunburn while camping.

Camping is lovely all year round, but it has a unique charm in summer when the days are long and bathed in the sun. However, while you’re enjoying sun exposure, you can risk skin damage and sunburns by staying unprotected from UV rays for too long. Sun safety while camping is vital for a pleasant and memorable camping experience. Keep reading to find out the best ways to protect your skin and find sunburn relief.

How to prevent sunburn while camping or hiking?

Sun is strongest during midday, and UV levels are highest around noon. Therefore, during peak hours, pay close attention to sun protection to avoid sunburn. Here are some prevention tips to keep your skin safe. 

Use sunscreen

Apply sunscreen approximately 30 minutes before going outside, and be sure you spread a generous amount on all exposed body parts. Also, if you plan on hiking or spending more time outdoors, remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours to ensure maximum protection. 

Wear sun-protective clothes

To stay safe from sunburns at any time, choose sun-protective clothes when preparing for your camping retreat. A hat with a wide rim, longer sleeves and sunglasses are a good solution, but for the ultimate protection, look for clothes with an ultraviolet protective factor (also known as UPF).

Stay hydrated

Besides sun damage, dehydration can also spoil the mood. To stay hydrated during outdoor activities, you should drink water every 20 to 30 minutes. Also, if you’re camping with your kids, remind them to hydrate regularly cause they’re often forgetful when they’re having fun.

Seek shade when possible

Shade may not be enough to keep you fully protected from sun damage, but combined with other cooling methods, it will make the outdoor experience more enjoyable. So give your skin a break by relaxing in the shade and taking time to recharge for more fun camping activities.

How to get rid of sunburn: tips for fast relief

If you end up spending a little too much time in the sun, we’ve got some tips for fast relief! You can get rid of sunburn redness overnight, but for more severe burns you’ll need proper time to heal. In any case, here’s what you can do to feel better immediately

First, cool the burn by taking cold showers or baths. After cleaning the skin, use a moisturizer with aloe vera — besides the cooling effect, it also has healing and antiseptic properties that will help your skin recover faster. If you have blisters and your skin is particularly sensitive, take some pain-relief medication from your first aid kit. Also, remember not to pick and scratch blisters — let them heal naturally to minimize the damage.

Enjoy the sun safely

Now that you know all the tips and tricks, book your next camping retreat and enjoy the sun safely. If you’re looking for a place to have a memorable experience in nature and the sun, look at what Camping Village Šimuni has to offer!