Most of us are sad to see summer leave but look forward to Fall and its cool weather and riot of color. The earthy smell of fallen leaves and the wonderful shuffle and crunch sounds they make as we walk are things that make Fall camping some of the best. We still have sunny days and warm afternoons, however, and that can make us a little negligent in managing our sun protection.
You’ll still need to protect your skin when you’re camping in September and October. You may find yourself outdoors even more than you were during the summer due to the comfortable temps and relaxed pace this season brings. Don’t be caught unaware as you explore the area farm markets or curl up at the campsite with a good book. The sun can still be damaging this time of year.
Be sure to wear a hat whenever you can and make sure it is one that covers your face, ears, and neck. These are the areas that tend to get the most sun exposure so keeping them covered is a priority. Add some good quality sun glasses to your outfit, too. Your eyes can suffer from overexposure without you even realizing it. Wear your sun glasses when ever you are going to be outside for any length of time or if you’ll be driving.
Choose tightly woven clothing and make it lightly colored. You can bring a sweatshirt along with you because this is the time of year when layering is common. You may find yourself feeling warm in the afternoon sun but then feel a chill if you sit in the shade. Wear clothing that will cover your arms and legs if you’re going to be out for several hours.
Use your sunscreen just as you would during the summer months. Re-apply every two hours and after you’ve been swimming or sweating. Choose a high SPF and keep a tube handy if you are exploring the town or going to an event.
Fall camping can quickly become your favorite time to camp once you’ve tried it. Be sure to protect your skin so you don’t wind up with a painful sunburn that could put a damper on your trip. We can’t wait to see you around the campground before the season ends. Be sure to say hello when you see us around the campground, we’d love to meet you.