Keep your allergies at bay with a few home comforts
Are you pondering what to pack for your first camping trip?
Whether you’re heading to Glastonbury Festival this weekend (June 22-26) or towing your caravan to the coast, you want to ensure you stay healthy.
If you suffer from allergies, from hay fever to eczema, asthma or chemical sensitivity, you want to avoid flare-ups during your summer break. By planning ahead you can achieve this and get on with the business of having fun with your family and friends.
Protective sleeping bags - to fit inside your regular sleeping bag
Although some festival goers may not enjoy a full night’s sleep, if you’re comfortable it can be the quality of sleep you enjoy not the quantity.
Whether you’re bedding down in a tent or converting a sofa into a bed in your camper or caravan, your first priority is to avoid dust mites. These creatures produce allergens, which can trigger a runny nose and sneezing in those who are sensitive.
The perfect solution is to use a Cotton Dust Mite Proof Sheet Sleeping Bag which fits inside a regular sleeping bag and is ideal for adults and children. The dense weave acts as a physical barrier to the allergenic faeces of the dust mite.
If you suffer from night sweats or skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis a DermaTherapy® Sleepsac is the right choice. The specialist microfibres direct perspiration away from your skin, allowing it to quickly evaporate.
Both of these sleeping bags are available VAT exempt for allergy suffers - self-certify at the checkout with one click.
For extra dust mite protection, invest in a protective Cotton Terry Waterproof Pillow Case. This helps to block moisture from your head reaching the pillow beneath, reducing the dust mites’ food supply and causing them to die off.
Portable air purifier
The lure of the countryside may seem idyllic but for anyone suffering from hay fever it can cause itchy eyes and sore throats.
The answer to breathing in clean air wherever you go is the handy HF86 Personal Ionic Air Purifier which is only £26.95.
The purifier can be worn around your neck and delivers fresh, ion- rich air to the mouth using plasma breeze technology.
The battery-operated HF86 continuously repels airborne particles (house dust, mould spores, pollen and pet dander as well as bacteria and viruses). An ideal travel companion, it can be used while walking in the countryside, at music festivals or during car journeys.
If you’re taking a road trip you may want to consider the Roomaid HEPA Air Purifier with VOC Canister. As the system is made from carbon it can remove carbon monoxide, fuel gases and noxious gases from your car or caravan (but it isn't a replacement for a carbon monoxide detector).
Its HEPA filter will also remove up to 99.97% of particles including cigarette smoke and pet dander.
Get the festival look with a Phi Encoded Pendant which may help you to feel energised thanks to a bioDOT hidden at the back.
The handmade Mother of Pearl pendant, encoded with numerology and sacred geometry, is set on a sterling silver chain. The bioDOT has been designed to help harmonise your biofield and smooth away stress.
Not only is the pendant elegant to wear but it can also help you to recharge your battery, which is essential when you’re on holiday.
Natural sun care
Sun protection can be a challenge if you suffer from sensitive skin, eczema or psoriasis.
Try using products based on natural ingredients and don’t forget to apply at least 20 minutes before venturing outside. Cover up with cotton-rich clothing, which also keeps you cool.
Always ensure your cream has UVA and UVB protection like Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF25 which is ideal if you are prone to prickly heat.
The paraben-free lotion has the added advantage of being water repellent and contains the soothing ingredients of avocado, aloe vera, chamomile and green tea.
And don’t forget to protect you lips with Green People Soft Lips Scent Free Lip Balm SPF8 which is now on sale to £4.20 from £4.95.
The Lavera Sun Spray SPF20 is an all round family spray and contains organic sunflower oil and calendula which keeps your skin supple.
Once the sun starts to set and the midges start to come out, we would recommend the creamy incognito After Sun Moisturiser as it not only soothes the skin but protects the skin from insect bites.
DEET-free insect repellent
Picaridin is a safe alternative to DEET and the EcoCitrocin Spray acts as a gentle insect repellent for both people and pets.
Its formula is based on essential oils and provides protection from mosquitoes, midges, bees, wasps, ticks, horseflies and fleas. Also available as part of a Travel Allergy Pack.
Eye mask suitable for sensitive skin
Light sleepers will know that any chink of light will keep them awake so packing an eye mask is essential.
If you also have sensitive skin on your eyelids, the cool DermaSilk® Unisex Eye Mask is made of a unique medical grade silk that has been clinically proven to help relieve allergic skin conditions.
You could also try the Organic Cotton Unisex Eye Mask. Through blocking out the light, it may help you to cope with insomnia or migraines. The gentle organic cotton is free from chemical treatments, making it suitable for anyone with a chemical sensitivity.
Don’t forget to pack your toothbrush along with our top choice of toiletries:
Hair and body wash (protects against insect bites)
Green People Oy! Deodorant SALE price £6.76 from £7.95
Face wash (natural insect repellent)
Wet Wipes for feminine hygiene
Please note: Information included on this site is not intended to be used as a substitute for consultation with a medical practitioner. Prices quoted do not include P&P where applicable (click here for delivery information).