Being Sun Smart While Camping

Category: News, Safety, Date: 17 January 2023

Camping is a great way to get you and your family outdoors, but the sun at the best of times can be unforgiving.

Prolonged time in the sun is one of the leading ways to develop skin cancer, so it’s important to take the essential precautions to keep everybody safe.

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.

Each year almost 2000 Australians die from this almost entirely preventable disease.

Check out some of these handy tips to ensure you’re as sun-safe as possible!

Slip, Slop, Slap

Grab your favourite bottle of 50+ sunscreen and get to applying!

Don’t forget, you’ll have to reapply every 2 hours or so for the ultimate protection from the sun’s unforgiving rays.

If it’s a particularly warm day- try to avoid rubbing your face, as you’ll end up wiping off your sunscreen

Reduce your risk of skin cancer and check out the the five SunSmart steps on the Cancer Council website here.


If you find you’re a serial face wiper, grab a stick of zinc when you’re next at the supermarket or chemist.

Zinc Oxide is a mineral reflector that creates a physical, reflective barrier on the surface of your skin. In sunscreen, zinc oxide acts as a filter for UV radiation.

Basically, it’s an extra layer of protection that’s harder to wipe off- perfect for your next beach day!

Chuck on a broad-brimmed hat

Any hat is better than no hat- but wearing a broad-brimmed hat is the best way to keep you sun safe.

You’re protecting your nose, your neck and your shoulders all in one go!

Find a pair of sunnies

Eye safety is terribly under-represented but so incredibly important.

Protect your eyes from the strong Australian UV radiation and work towards preventing eye cancer, cataracts, sunburnt eyes, growths on/near the eye and more.

Wear sun-protective clothing

When heading out for a long day in the sun, chuck on a breezy long-sleeved shirt before you go.

Any extra layers are welcomed when it comes to protecting yourself from the sun.

Hang out in the shade

One of the easiest ways to avoid sun damage is simply staying out of the sun.

It might sound obvious, but sometimes we really just forget.

If you’re in a bushy area, head straight for your nearest tree and avoid the sun as much as you can.

Check the UV index

Checking the UV index has never been easier.

You can check BOM, arpansa, your phone’s pre-installed weather app or check out the news when you get the chance.

And remember- whenever the UV index is 3 or above, Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide.

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