Adequate preparation for summer camp or camping

Summer is often synonymous with escaping to a quiet place, or conversely, a very active one. While camping or at summer camp, health problems can be avoided!

Sun protection

The shining sun is often an indication of a successful vacation. Although hot sunny days are very pleasant, going out in the sun unprepared involves certain risks. Who hasn’t felt the discomfort and pain caused by a bad sunburn in their lifetime?

In the long-term, UV rays can also damage the skin and lead to premature aging, in addition to contributing to the development of skin cancer. This is why it’s important to protect it from the sun throughout summer, especially during outdoor activities and for longer periods of time. 

Applying sunscreen with a broad spectrum is an effective and accessible measure to protect against the harmful effects of the sun. However, several other measures should also be used to maximize sun protection. You will find them in the following article: The ABCs of UV: how the sun affects skin and what to use for protection. Also read the article entitled: Sunburn: how to care for your skin.


During summer, temperatures rise several degrees. Caution: very sunny, hot and humid weather can lead to what is called “heatstroke”. The human body possesses certain mechanisms enabling it to stabilize its internal temperature. Heatstroke occurs when the body “overheats”, in a way, and it’s unable to cool down. In certain conditions, this could be considered an emergency and require immediate medical care. To prevent heatstroke, several recommendations should be followed during very hot days, like during a heat wave or during circumstances that put you at risk. This is well explained in the following article: Heatstroke: how to prevent and treat it.

Seasonal allergies

Seasonal allergies can put a damper on the joys of summer. Are symptoms such as runny nose, itchy throat, red watery eyes and endless sneezing stopping you from going outdoors? Are you reluctant to go outside for fear that your allergy symptoms will get worse? Come now! Don’t let allergies curb your enthusiasm─solutions exist.

Several measures can be taken to reduce the discomfort caused by seasonal allergies. Among them, is taking daily antiallergy medication. Talk to your pharmacist for more information on the subject or read the following article: Seasonal allergies: recognize and ease the symptoms.

Protection against mosquitoes

Is there anything more annoying than serving as an all-you-can-eat mosquito buffet? Insect bites are unpleasant since they often cause symptoms such as redness, pain and itching. However, these are not the only risks involved regarding these pesky insects. They can also transmit certain infections: mosquitoes may carry the West Nile virus and ticks may be carriers of Lyme disease.

Using effective insect repellent and applying other protective measures are winning strategies for an insect bite and worry-free summer. You will obtain answers to your questions in the following article: Protection against insect bites using five questions!

Relief from insect bites

It’s a known fact, insects evoke all kinds of contradictory emotions: a source of fear for some people, and of wonder for others. When they sting, it’s normal to feel some resentment towards them, especially since some insect stings can lead to serious symptoms and complications. Symptoms are usually temporary and may include itching, swelling and pain.

In the most minor cases, simple measures and topical creams can be very useful. In the case of a severe allergy, you should seek medical attention immediately. An infection resulting from an insect sting will undoubtedly also require medical attention. It’s important to know what to do following an insect sting. Talk to your pharmacist about it. Additionally, read the following article: First aid for insect stings.

Swimmer’s ear

Swimming, whether at the beach or in a pool, is an all-time favourite sport for children during summer vacations. However, it may increase the risk of an “outer ear” infection or “swimmer’s ear”, which occurs when water accumulates in the auditory canal (or acoustic meatus) and causes inflammation and promotes the growth of bacteria.

Symptoms such as pain, itching and discharge from the auditory canal may also occur. Effective measures exist to prevent this problem, as well as over-the-counter medication to relieve symptoms. Find out more from your pharmacist. Also, read the following article: Swimmer’s ear: prevention and treatment, which will enable your little swimmers to enjoy their favourite sport.

First aid kit

During your vacation, a number of incidents may occur: scrapes, cuts and burns, allergic reactions, rashes, vomiting, etc. Because you can’t foresee what summer holds for you, it’s better to be well prepared for every eventuality. To do this, be sure to prepare a well stocked first aid kit. Our article: Stock up your first aid kit will indicate the essentials you should include it your first aid kit.

Remember however, a well-stocked first aid kit isn’t of much use if you don’t know what to do with it. Our article: First aid 101: treating minor wounds is a must to dry your little traveller’s tears. 

Speak to your pharmacist for additional information on how to enjoy a healthy and safe summer!


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Adequate preparation for summer camp or camping

Summer is often synonymous with escaping to a quiet place, or conversely, a very active one. While camping or at summer camp, health problems can be avoided!