Protect against cuts, infection, bites, and sun exposure if you are going to be gardening or working outside. Wear insect repellent and sunscreen. A hat and loose-fitting clothing will also protect your skin and help keep you from getting overheated. A good pair of gardening gloves will protect your hands when working with soil or thorny plants, and long pants can protect your legs from scratches and other injuries. Also consider wearing comfortable shoes and avoid standing for long periods of time.