Campers spend lots of time sitting around the fire, cooking over the fire, and baking in the sun so it’s smart to bring equipment to protect yourself from getting burned. Everyone has their own favorites to bring so we’ll just list a few ideas for those who haven’t yet decided what they will need.
A pair of heat proof gloves is very smart. When you are working with hot coals or propane flames the tempurature can get very high. You’ll protect your hands if you keep a pair or two of these gloves around every time you go camping. Be sure to store them in a place you can always find them so you don’t have to search and risk burning dinner while you try to find something to protect your hands when you take dinner of the heat.
Keep a poker or a folding shovel for stirring the coals of your fire without having to get too close to it. The temperature of a campfire can get alarmingly high so work as far away as you possibly can.
Wear sunscreen and reapply often. Save your skin from getting burned when you are camping. It is so easy to lose track of time when you are outside horsing around with the kids. Be aware of the sun and its effects on your skin. Make sure you have a brand for the kids and one for you and other adults. You can try spray on or lotion but what is most important is the level of SPF and your diligence in using it.
Cover yourself with inflammable clothing for 4th of July. Fire crackers, fireworks, even sparklers all come with a certain amount of risk so be prepared by keeping your skin covered.
And there is heat exhaustion. If it’s the middle of summer, and the heat & humidity are high, take measure to get out of the sun and cool yourself down. It should happen relatively quickly and you should feel better right away.
Take care to avoid getting burned this summer. We want your trip to be filled with fun, not emergency room trips.