With the winter on the way, it’s time to start thinking about how to stay healthy and safe outdoors. Take a look at the following 17 bright ideas. Wear Thick clothing – Cold exposure can lead to more serious conditions, like hypothermia, responsible for hundreds of deaths every year. Use Insect Repellent – Nothing is more annoying than being hounded by insects while you’re trying to enjoy the outdoors. Use insect repellent where possible. Carry Insect Spray – Brands like Stingose spray help to reduce swelling, pain, and irritation if you do happen to get bitten. Wear A Wooly Hat – New evidence suggests that most of the heat that you lose through your body rises out of your head. Wearing a woolly hat can help you avoid this. Wear Sunglasses In The Snow. The backs of your eyes are sensitive to damage the reflection of sunlight from snow. Wearing sunglasses filters out harmful radiation, protecting them against long-term damage. Carry Plenty Of Water – Dehydration is a real risk, even when spending time outdoors in the winter. Don’t forget to carry plenty of water on your next expedition. Take Plenty Of Refreshments – Cold weather can cause you to burn more calories and feel depleted. Ensure that you carry plenty of refreshments if you plan on taking a long trip outdoors in the cold. Don’t Paddle In Streams – Paddling in streams and rivers might be a popular pastime, but it’s also dangerous. Many natural water sources are contaminated with harmful pathogens and you could get hypothermia. Limit Time Outdoors -During the winter, the cold can affect sensitive tissue around your nose and lips. It if gets too cold, you can be at risk of frostbite. Wear Knee And Elbow Protection –If you’re doing outdoor sports like mountain biking or rollerblading, don’t forget to wear knee and elbow protection. This will help you avoid grazes. Carry A First-Aid Kit In Your Car – Remember to take a first aid kit with you as you travel to new destinations this winter. Keep it in a set place in your car so that you don’t lose it. Winterize Your Car – Winterizing your car means getting your car ready for winter. You may need to change the tyres, ensure the oil can keep the engine moving in cold weather. Wear A Snood While Exercising – Nothing is stopping you from going outside this winter. But if you want to protect your airways from cold air, then you might want to use a snood. Use Touchscreen Gloves – Old-fashioned gloves don’t allow you to use your phone without taking them off. Touchscreen gloves, however, use a special material that works with capacitive phone screens. Wear A Thermal Neck Warmer – A thermal neck warmer is a bit like a scarf but connected at both ends in the form of a ring. Get A Thick Winter Coat – Not all coats are created equal. Some do the job of keeping you warm really well, while others struggle. Don’t forget to take some vitamins – Finally, take a trip to your GP or nutritionist so they can advise you on what vitamins you could do with to keep you healthy this winter.