Sunscreen/sun protection

Sunburn is a major cause of distress to travelers and can have long-term effects. The chance of sunburn is increased around water, when the light is ‘reflected’ from a swimming pool, lake, or ocean. This also applies to white sand and snow.


While the use of sunscreen is often misunderstood and over-stated, we recommend using it in combination with sun protection clothing (yes, even in the heat, as exposed skin makes you even hotter). We also recommend you wear 100 percent UV glasses, polarized if possible.

More and more outdoor clothing now carries a UPF rating. What does this rating mean? Why should you care about sun protection clothing?

This article from the pros at REI provides a quick summary of sun protection basics, followed by a more in-depth look from several leading dermatology experts.