France is a popular destination for campers and hikers, so if you're planning to go, be sure to take anti cafard - or anti cockroach - precautions. The last thing you want in your tent or self catering accommodation is unwanted extra guests, helping themselves to your food supplies.
This is especially true if you're on a hiking trip, when you need all the nutrition you can get.
However, we all know that the cockroach is a tenacious pest throughout the world, so what anti cafard measures can a traveller realistically take?
A simple starting point is basic hygiene. Keeping food preparation areas clean and secure will hopefully stop the insects from arriving in the first place. But, of course, holidaymakers are not always in control of communal kitchens (and it's even harder if you're cooking outside), meaning that other measures are required.
Food storage is a good area to focus on. If you keep your supplies in airtight containers, the cockroaches will be denied access. There are many lightweight options available from outdoor suppliers, so you should be able to solve any potential problems without adding bulk to your luggage.
Whether or not you have airtight containers, it's also helpful to make access tricky for pests, by keeping your supplies off the ground - particularly when camping and leaving your tent unoccupied for a while.
Leaving food on the ground is an open invitation to scavengers to come and help themselves: try to suspend food from the ridge of the tent, or keep it in vehicles, if possible.
If you are unfortunate enough to be visited by cockroaches, and your anti cafard measures prove ineffective, it's important to thoroughly clean all your equipment, cutlery and any food storage.
Pest insects can spread disease - so be sure to minimise the risk. However, if you take sufficient precautions, you should be able to enjoy your camping or hiking trip in peace.