One of the great things about camping is spending more time outdoors and enjoying some fun in the sun. However, too much time spent in the sun can be harmful to your skin.
While the Ozarks offer some of the best of the best when it comes to exploring the outdoors, it also means more time in the sun and nothing ruins a fun trip like horrible sunburn or bug bites. While you stay with us this season, be sure you bring along the right products to protect you and your family.
Make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 and that you reapply it throughout the day. Technically no such thing as “waterproof” sunscreen so be sure to reapply after spending time in the water or extensive sweating, as it can easily wash off. Don’t forget to apply on those cloudy days too! To be safe, apply sunscreen any time you will be outdoors.
Despite lathering on sunscreen throughout the day, some people will just naturally burn more than others. Aloe Vera is a great treatment for bad sunburn, which also provides a cooling effect that can help ease the pain. Look for a spray on version for an easier application.
While time outdoors is wonderful, it is also full of bugs and pests such as mosquitos, chiggers, gnats, and ticks. Be sure to apply a generous amount of bug spray after applying your sunscreen, to any exposed skin. Another option is to wear long sleeves or pants to help protect from bugs, especially on a cooler spring night. Consider spraying on a little bug spray before bed if you’re sleeping outdoors in a tent.
Before going out on a hike or walk, be sure to be aware of what plants may be around that can cause skin irritations. Poison ivy and poison oak are both native to the area and can ruin a good trip within minutes. If you’re unsure what to look out for, just remember the old saying “leaves of three, leave them be.”
The campground features 158 sites, of which 136 are pull-thru with full hookups and Wi-Fi and cable TV included in the rates. Our offices will open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting May 9.