SUN! SUN! SUN!
To get away from the daily grind and enjoy outdoor life with friends and family while the sun shines. But, as always, you have to be aware of the hidden dangers related to those warming rays.
As campers we always think of weather extremes as wind and rain. After all, these have very visible effects on us and our gear. However, it should always be remembered that the sun has an equally aggressive attitude to those outdoors and you should be protecting yourself and your family from its effects.
Dehydration and UV-protection are key dangers and can lead to heat exhaustion, heatstroke, sun burn and skin cancer. Yet, while these are serious conditions and you should learn to recognise and treat symptoms, avoidance is simple common sense.
For a start, take a leaf out of our southern European cousins and take a mid-day siesta – after all, you are on holiday! Seriously, from around 11am to mid-afternoon is the hottest part of the day and you should ideally rest up in some shade. Make sure your children play in the shade with drinks on hand or regularly get them under shade for a drink. It is important to stay hydrated and simple water is best.