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What do you pack for camp?

Vancouver Island’s camping season is here!  Being prepared is key to having a fun and safe holiday – and that includes your eyes! Here are some camping eye safety tips to make sure your trip is memorable for all the right reasons:

  1. Pack a first aid kit and/or check that your existing kit is stocked and expired items have been removed and replaced.
  2. If you wear contact lenses, wear daily contact lenses. Depending on where you pitch your tent, you may not have a clean place to use the cleaning solution needed for your two week or monthly contacts. Bring an extra pair of daily use contact lenses and never reuse daily lenses.
  3. Don’t skimp on flaunting those cool sun-shades! It’s vital to wear sunglasses that offer your peepers excellent UV protection, even on cloudy days. UV rays never take a holiday!
  4. Keep a safe distance from your campfire. Smoke can dry out your eyes and exploding embers won’t spark joy if landing anywhere on you or near your eyes.
  5. Watch out for sharp marshmallow sticks. Pointy sticks with burning marshmallows at the end can be hazardous!
  6. Don’t forget to pack sterile saline, gauze, eye wash cup, and eye drops. For little specks of dirt or a UFB (unidentified flying bug) initiating First Contact on an eye, flush your eyes only with sterile saline. Although debris can float out, it may still feel like there’s something still in there. If the problem persists, seek medical attention.
  7. Keep itchy hands away from your eyes. There may be some plant oil on them and you don’t want that on your eyes!.

Where’s your favourite place to camp on Vancouver Island? Let us know us know in the comments below – we love finding new spots!

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