The physical and mental health benefits of enjoying the great outdoors are well attested.
But to make sure you enjoy all the benefits you should observe some basic hygiene practices when camping – otherwise it’s all too easy to pick up some form of stomach bug.
To prevent a more serious infection concentrate on stopping flies, birds and other animals moving infection from human waste and food scraps to fresh food and food containers, to plates or cooking pots.
Great care should be taken not to encourage rats, especially where these are living near livestock.
NB: camping in even the remotest parts of Scotland, you will attract mice to your tent. They will eat through a tent and rucksack to get to open food, so keep it securely hidden. However, mice do not carry the same infectious diseases as rats.