Protect Your Skin While Camping

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Sunscreen

One of the great things about camping is spending more time outdoors and having some fun in the sun. However, too much time spent in the sun can be harmful to your skin, and the Texas sun is no joke. While the wide-open spaces of the Texas sky make for some beautiful sunsets and stargazing, it also means less shade and more blazing sunshine. Nothing ruins a fun trip like horrible sunburn!

Make sure you’ve packed plenty of sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 and that you reapply it throughout the day. Remember, there is technically no such thing as “waterproof” sunscreen so be sure to reapply after spending time in the water or extensive sweating, as it can easily wash off. And don’t forget to apply even on cloudy days! To be safe, apply sunscreen any time you will be outdoors.

 

Aloe Vera

Despite lathering on sunscreen throughout the day, some people will just naturally burn more than others. Aloe Vera is a great treatment for bad sunburn, which also provides a cooling effect that can help ease the pain. Look for a spray on aloe Vera for an easier application.

 

Bug Spray

While time outdoors is wonderful, it is also full of bugs and pests such as mosquitos, chiggers, gnats, and ticks. Be sure to apply a generous amount of bug spray AFTER applying your sunscreen, to any exposed skin. You can also wear long sleeves or pants to help protect from bugs, especially on a cooler spring night. It is also a good idea to spray on a little bug spray before bed if you’re sleeping out in a tent.