The Best Sun Care for Every Camper

The Best Sun Care for Every Camper

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C. Fraser Claire

How to ensure all-round sun care on a camping trip

Even if you are camping under generous shade trees or in overcast conditions, your skin is absorbing UV rays, which can cause long-term damage and premature ageing. In the short term, it prevents painful, red sunburn - sometimes in some very remote places. Wherever your camping plans take you, sun care is a top priority and sun protective clothing and accessories are the best way to protect yourself. Keep reading to find out what you need for sun care for camping and shop our old-faithful range of sun care favourites.

Top 5 Sun Safety Tips for Camping

  1. Cover Up In Sun Protective Clothing: Covering up is your number one defence against the sun. Investing in sun protective clothing with built-in UPF50+ sun defence is the best option for all-round sun protection. Long sleeves and trousers give you the option of covering up when conditions get hot. No-one wants the heat of heavy fabric for sun protection. By wearing sun protective, lightweight outdoor clothing in technical fabrics like BUGTech™ and SAFARITech , you add another layer of defence - with UPF50+ built into the fabric.
  2. Head Out, Hat On: A wide-brimmed hat is a universal accessory for sun care. Keeping the sun off your face and neck isn't always easy, but this is a solution that works a charm and looks great too. Look for hats with broad, 360-degree brims and SPF50+ sun factor ratings. Top tip: Add a Head&Neck Scarf in nanoweave fabric with built-in UPF50+ for lightweight sun protection to combat neck burn.
  3. Don't Forget the Sunscreen: Covering up in sun protective clothing is your first line of defence, but this should be paired with an effective sunscreen for all-round protection. Apply, re-apply regularly, and don't forget the often-missed spots like ears, hands, and the back of the neck. Make this the standard in all camping conditions. UV rays don't need bright, sunny days to do damage.
  4. Adaptable Sun Protective Clothes for Camping: If the idea of covering up under long sleeves and trousers seems unreasonable in hot conditions, never fear. Our BUGTech™ clothing designs have been made to be adaptable to the day's conditions. Made from lightweight and cool ripstop fabric, our long-sleeved shirts feature roll-up sleeve tabs to secure rolled up sleeves when the weather gets hot. Our BUGTech™ trousers also convert into shorts or three-quarters in a single garment - especially handy for flexibility as the day heats up. Don't forget the sunscreen when rolling up sleeves or converting trousers.
  5. Educate Yourself on Sun Safety: Passion for camping and the outdoors is usually one and the same. If you live an outdoor lifestyle, your skin is vulnerable to burns and long-term damage from the sun unless you come up with a burn-proof sun strategy. Take the time to find out more about sun care and invest in the best sun protective clothing and hats to protect yourself on every adventure.


Factor in sun care that's appropriate for around camp and out on the trail

The best sunscreen for camping depends on the activities you decide to enjoy as you go. For example, if there are watersports or swimming involved, water resistance is one of the features you should look out for when buying sunscreen for your trip. If you are hiking in dusty conditions, fast absorbing sunscreen is the order of the day to prevent a tacky film that attracts dust. I always look for easy application - especially if I am going to reapply during the course of the day.

UVA, UVB, SPF - levels of protection to look for

SPF or sun protection factor indicates the sunscreen's ability to protect against UVB rays. Simply put, the higher the SPF, the higher the rate of protection against the damage caused by UVB. SPF50 and above provides 98% protection. SPF30 offers 97% protection. It has been recommended that we should all be wearing a sunscreen of SPF30 or higher every day. However, UVA rays also cause skin damage. When looking for a sunscreen, ensure you select a brand that offers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

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