Keep pesky insects at bay
Fine summer weather is often accompanied by increasing numbers of insects, particularly in the mornings and evenings. When walking at these times, keep biting insects at bay by using an insect repellent on your skin, or wearing insect repellant clothing.
Don’t wait until you’ve been bitten to apply repellent, put it on before you head out for the day to make sure you’re protected. Make sure you reapply if you’re sweating to keep yourself protected.
To help your feet cope with the heat, choose socks that draw moisture away from the skin – steer clear of thick winter walking socks. Avoid cotton socks at all costs; they quickly become soaked and cause damp feet to blister.
Walking sandals are a good summer option, but remember to match your choice of footwear to the terrain you’ll be walking.
It’s all about the hat
The right hat helps protect your head from the sun, keeps you cool and offers some eye protection too if it has a brim. There might not be much cover where you’re walking, so a hat will provide essential relief from the hot summer sun.
Don’t forget your sunglasses and remember to take a simple First Aid kit with you, so that you’re ready for anything.
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