5 Products for the Outdoors to Have On Hand all Spring

5 Products for the Outdoors to Have On Hand all Spring

Be sure to stock up on all your must-have products for a safe spring and summer.



Spring has arrived! And if the warm sunshine is starting to peek through your window, you should make your way outdoors.

This warmer weather will be the perfect pick-me-up after a long winter, but don’t get started without being prepared for what else these warmer seasons bring. Here are five products you should keep on hand for a safe spring and summer.

1. Sunscreen
Apply sunscreen to all exposed parts of your body — including your hands — every day you go outdoors. Apply it between three minutes and two hours before sun exposure. Reapply after every 80 minutes in the water or every two hours out of the water. To find the best SPF for you, ask your doctor.

2. Aloe Vera or Other Sunburn Remedy
In case you miss a spot while applying sunscreen or simply forgot to put it on, keep a sunburn soother, like aloe vera, on hand for light burns.

Do not use these lotions if your skin blisters, as this could lead to infection. More serious burns may need a doctor's attention.

3. Insect Repellent
Light-coloured clothing is best to repel insects — it’s less appealing to insects that bite and you can also more easily spot insects. Insect repellents that contain DEET, indalone, Rutgers 612 or DMP are also good protection against bites, but you shouldn't overdo using them, as they contain powerful chemicals. This goes doubly for spraying repellent on sunburnt skin.

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Also, if you have young children in your care, check with a paediatrician before using chemical-based insect repellents.

4. Antihistamine or Anti-Itching Cream
Oral antihistamines and topical anti-itching creams can be a lifesaver. Whether it is a bug bite or poison ivy, people have different responses to these situations.

A word of caution: Be sure everyone in your party can safely use antihistamines and/or anti-itch cream. But in most cases, keeping these products on-hand should do the trick.

5. First-Aid Kit
You can buy these fully stocked at the pharmacy or make up your own. Be sure to include: antibiotic ointment, antiseptic solution, bandage strips and bandages, instant cold packs, gauze pads, soap or hand sanitizer, sterile eye wash, and a thermometer.

Other products to have, especially when you are traveling, include: anti-diarrhoea medication, aspirin or other pain relievers, and hydrocortisone cream It's also a good idea to keep a first-aid manual on hand. Make sure anyone allergic to insect stings carries a way to treat the possibility of anaphylaxis.

Did we miss anything? Let us know what you keep on hand during the warmer months in the comments below!

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