Camping is a great way to look for an adventure or unwind after a long working period. Isn’t just a perfect way for families to bond? However, these are many things that can spoil the fun: a sudden downfall, bear attack or sunburn. Be well-prepared and equip yourself with necessary knowledge can help you avoid unfortunate incident.
Follow our tips to make sure that you have a safe and memorable trip.
- Weather conditions
Be aware of the weather! It can change quickly than you expect; so make sure you are well-prepared to cope with severe weather.
- Listen to weather forecast and keep an eye on signs of weather change during the day.
- Don’t go camping without flashlight (and batteries!). Even if you don’t intent to go camping overnight, a storm may keep you outdoors or you simple get lost in the wood. Without light, you can’t find your way. Bring matches too of possible.
- Pack some extra clothing in case it gets cold or rainy unexpectedly: a sweater or rain jacket for example.
- Bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Sunburn can be very painful, so make sure you use sunscreen. Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and glares.
- If lightning occurs, stay away from water and from your tent because of its metal poles. Get into your car (in any), go in the wood (but avoid very tall tree) or sit in a flat area.
- Lost and found
- It is best that you don’t go alone. It is dangerous, especially if you decide to camp in a remote area (deep in a forest maybe)
- Tell people or at least someone about your camping plan. If something bad happens or you get lost, they know where to look for you.
- Bring compass, map, GPS device and your cell phone with you. Write down your contact information and put it somewhere easy to find in your luggage just in case. Or a whistle can come in handy. Keep a close watch on your children or pets and bring their picture with you in case they get lost.
- Safety equipment
- It is essential that you bring the First Aid kit with you and some supplies such as bandage of folding scissors. Learn how to use the kit and CPR. Store them in a waterproof and durable container.
- If you are worry about insects (and you should be), pack insect repellents with you.
- Make sure that safety equipment and other appliances are in good working order.
- Wild animals and insect
- The behavior of wild animal is unpredictable. Therefore, don’t approach them and provoke the. Don’t try to feed or touch them also.
- When you hike through brushes, use a branch or hiking stick to touch ahead; wear gloves when gather wood for a campfire and boot when hiking: all of these may help you avoid injuries and contact with snakes.
- Try to get to a higher position (climb up a tree if possible) and make noise as loud as you can if you meet a bear. Maybe you can scare it away.
- If you or a friend shows signs of allergy after being stung by bee and wasps, get to te nearest hospital/clinic right away.
- Food and water
- Storing foods in your tent may invite unexpected wild animals so store them safely outside, maybe in your car (if any) or hang them on a tree branch. Fresh food should be eaten first or they will be spoiled easily. Clean up garbage and left over food, and then store them properly rather than leave them out in the open.
- You may be able to stand hunger for a couple of days but without water, you can face serious dehydration. It starts with thirst and then there are signs such as dizziness, exhaustion, and dark urine. Water is crucial for your body, especially when you stretch yourself a lot with camping activities under the summer heat. Therefore, always remember to pack water bottles with you and drink plenty of water during the day, Bring a water filter or water purification system if you camp for a couple of days at least or go deep into the wood.
- Check out if you are allowed to create open fires at your camping site, especially in such places as national parks.
- Keep the fire away from your tent and flammable objects (for at least 15 meters). It is very dangerous to use gas stoves, heaters or similar fuel-burning appliances in the tent: carbon monoxide will be created and accumulated in a closed environment. It may result in death.
- Create a fire pit from rocks and soil; don’t burn wood directly from the ground.
- Never leave the fire unattended: who know what serious incidents can happen. It is especially if you have kids around.
- Extinguish the fire thoroughly after use;
- Perform other fire safety actions, such as: turn off gas and electric appliances when not in use; don’t let fuel spill out and use a funnel instead.
When it comes to safety, it is always necessary to take precautionary measures and prepare for the worst scenario. Camping is a fun and exciting experience for you and your family; so make sure you pay proper attention to safety to keep yourself and people around you safe and sound during the entire trip.