Living outdoors

Be sun smart

Be sun smart

A holiday on a campsite is just the same as any other holiday when it comes to sun exposure, protection against biting insects and the like - except you could spend longer outside so you may need to take extra care.

Remember to use appropriate sun protection products and clothing. The SunSmart website has some useful information to help.

Tick TwisterIn the UK most insect bites or stings are annoying but not dangerous – unless you suffer from an extreme reaction or the puncture site gets infected. However, it’s always best to remove a tick if it attaches itself to you, your child or your pet since some ticks carry Lyme Disease.

You may like to consider using one of the many sprays, lotions or creams on the market that aim to prevent insects biting you in the first place.

First Aid

Always have a first aid kit to deal with simple emergencies. Don’t keep it sealed up until it’s needed. Check what is inside and make sure you know how to use the contents. Read the leaflet before an emergency occurs. That way you’ll be prepared.

The most important thing to remember is that first aid is precisely that – initial help for small cuts and bruises. If you are in any doubt at all about treating the patient, if you think there may be something seriously wrong then get proper medical attention.

There is lots of good advice on first aid on the Red Cross website.

Getting yourself trained in first aid might be a good idea. The British Red Cross, St John’s Ambulance and the St Andrew’s Ambulance Association in Scotland all organise local courses.

Seasonal Canine Illness

Seasonal Canine Illness is an illness that seems to affect dogs during the autumn months. This illness is something of a mystery as no specific cause has ever been identified, however experts say that its effects dogs who have been walked in woodland areas specifically, so we recommend keeping your dog on a lead in these circumstances.

The severity of the illness varies and in some cases has been fatal, although the number of canine deaths has declined dramatically over the last few years. It is essential that you can recognise symptoms including sickness, diarrhoea and lethargy typically experienced within 72 hours of walking in woodland and seek veterinary help immediately if you do feel your dog could have contracted the illness.

To read more on the topic and understand what to look out for, please visit the Animal Health Trust website.