Camping season is upon us, and for all those hardy types who enjoy sleeping under canvas it’s time to start making preparations for a summer getaway.
If you’re a music lover, you might be camping at one of the hundreds of festivals in the UK this summer. Glastonbury is taking a year off, but there are still plenty of festivals to choose from including the Isle of Wight Festival, Parklife, Bestival, Latitude, Reading and Leeds.
While the focus is always going to be on having a great time, it’s important to take a moment to put together a few essential items in case of accidents or mishaps during your trip. With any luck you will never need them, but as any Scout will tell you, it’s best to be prepared.
So whether you’re off on a family wild camping trip, a music festival with friends, or a remote escape in blissful solitude, here are five must-haves to include in your rucksack:
Painkillers: Don’t let minor ailments such as headaches or sore throats spoil your break. Over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen will take the edge off and help you to power through. If you’re going away with kids, pack sachets rather than medicine bottles to ensure you’re travelling light.
Antiseptic: NatraSan antiseptic can be sprayed onto skin or any surfaces to instantly kill 99.9999% of germs. As a stabilised form of pure and natural hypochlorous acid, it’s even safe for use in the eyes and mouth. NatraSan Travel Buddy is the ideal size to keep handy in a rucksack or bum bag while you’re away.
Plasters and bandages: A stash of sterile plasters and bandages is vital in case of cuts and grazes. And if you make the mistake of wearing brand new hiking boots or shoes on a camping holiday, a few plasters will spare you the discomfort of those inevitable blisters.
Antihistamines: Whether or not you’ve suffered allergies in the past, it’s worth packing antihistamine tablets because hay fever or other allergic reactions can strike suddenly, at any time of life. Antihistamine reduces or blocks symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose or itching.
Insect repellent: Summer evenings are prime time for mosquitoes and other insects, especially if you’re camping near lakes or pools – their ideal breeding ground. An insect repellent will keep the bugs at bay, and don’t forget that antihistamines will also help if you have an extreme reaction to an insect bite.
NatraSan – Pure, safe and perfect for holidays
Mild but incredibly effective, NatraSan contains pure hypochlorus acid, a natural antiseptic produced by the human body to kill off invading germs. This powerful ingredient is completely safe for humans, animals and the environment, and can be used even on newborn babies. Don’t travel without it!
Where to buy
NatraSan is available in two sizes – a 250ml spray and a handy 100ml Travel Buddy spray. It’s available in leading pharmacies across the UK and online here.