SAFETY TIPS FOR CAMPING WITH ALLERGIES
Camping is a perfect opportunity for some outdoor fun. If you have allergies, however, the experience can be a stressful one as you spend the trip itching, sneezing or coughing. With proper medication and preparation, you’ll be able to have a good time and not worry about your allergies. Here are some important tips for camping with allergies.
You should drink allergy medicine such as antihistamines before reaching your camping destination. Don’t wait until you start experiencing allergy symptoms. This way, your body will be adequately prepared once you’re exposed to allergens. Also, when camping with allergies, have enough medicine, so you can take the required dosage as prescribed by your physician.
FIRST AID KIT
If you’re camping in a remote area, there won’t be a hospital or emergency room nearby. As such, you should have a comprehensive first aid kit that contains all the medication you might need in case of a severe allergic reaction. If you have asthma, your first aid kit should include a rescue inhaler. Furthermore, there should also be an epinephrine autoinjector in the case you have adverse reactions to insect bites, certain types of food, pollen or other allergens.
If you have food allergies, it’s important to avoid ingredients that you’re sensitive to. When eating processed snacks, read the packages carefully to see if there are ingredients you’re allergic to. As for meal times, simple and easy-to-prepare meals are preferred to prevent accidental exposure to certain ingredients. Avoid eating food that was prepared by those who aren’t aware of your allergies as much as possible.
Camping with allergies doesn’t mean you can’t participate in outdoor activities. You just have to take appropriate precautions. When exposed to the sun and water, wear hypoallergenic sunscreen and have hydrocortisone cream in case of a reaction. If you have asthma, avoid inhaling smoke from the campfire as well as physical activities that will leave you breathless. If you’re hiking, put on insect repellant, avoid wearing bright clothing and don’t use scented personal products.
PROPER CAMPING GEAR
Having the proper gear is also crucial if you’re camping with allergies. For example, a hypoallergenic tent with ventilation flaps will be able to keep allergens from coming inside. You’ll be able to have a good night’s sleep if you’re not sneezing or wheezing. It’s also important to clean your camping gear ahead of your trip. Remove mould spores and pollen that your gear might have picked up during your previous outdoor adventure.
Camping with allergies doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. The outdoors can still be a lot of fun, even for someone with allergies. Just be adequately prepared and vigilant of your surroundings so you can avoid or minimise allergic reactions. As long as you follow these safety tips, you should be good to go but I would check with my doctor first.
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