10 Camping Safety Tips
Camping is a fun and enjoyable activity for everybody, to enjoy the great outdoor. Being with nature will relax and recharge your body and mind, that’s why camping is an ideal escape from reality. Being with nature is very relaxing and refreshing.
However, you will only achieve a memorable and enjoyable camping trip if you follow safety precautions. Here are some tips to help you plan and keep everyone safe and comfortable during your camping trip.
Make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date
Before starting your camp, visit a doctor first to make sure that you and your family are physically fit to go on a camping trip. Make sure that kid’s vaccinations are up-to-date, to help protect against diseases that you might catch while camping.
Be aware of the weather
Before your trip, keep an eye on the weather forecast. The weather is very unpredictable, so be open to some changes for your trip. If there is rain, the outdoor activities will be limited. If you planned to go hiking, it is better to reschedule it, because it will be slippery and unsafe to go. It is also better to pack some clothes for different weather because the weather can change pretty fast.
Pack healthy and safe food
Bring plenty of water and food that does not go bad immediately. Keep your food in a cooler and pack your food in an airtight container. Separate your raw and cooked foods to avoid cross-contamination. Observe proper food handling and preparation to prevent food poisoning. Always wash your hands properly and use hand sanitizer after.
Watch out for wildlife
Keep an eye for wild animals because you may encounter some wild animals while camping. Keep in mind not to feed them as it can change their behavior and become aggressive for food. It is also difficult for them to digest human foods that might lead to illness. If possible, avoid touching them or getting near them, but you can watch them at a safe distance.
Practice campfire safety
If you are going to build a campfire, make sure it is 15 feet away from your tent, shrubs, and trees. Only start a campfire in the designated area and never leave it unattended. Always keep a bucket of water nearby and, be sure to put out the campfire properly to avoid wildfire.
Use insect protection
Aside from bears and possums, insects like ticks, ants, and mosquitoes can bite you, which can cause skin irritation and carry diseases. Always make sure to use insect repellent and wear long-sleeved tops and pants to help you prevent bites. Also, keep your tent closed and never leave any food and open water containers as they can attract thirsty insects.
Watch out for poisonous plants
If you are not familiar with the plant, avoid touching it. Some plants are dangerous and poisonous. If any part of your body touches a poisonous plant, you have to wash it immediately with cool water to wash off the oil that causes the allergic reactions. You can also use some ointment for itching like calamine lotion or hydrocortisone to stop the itching.
Protect yourself from the sun
To avoid sunburn, put on sunscreen, and wear sunglasses or a hat to help you protect yourself from the UV rays. Avoid going out during midday time, because that is when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Even if it is cloudy, there are still UV rays that can burn your skin severely as much as on a sunny day. You can still get sunburn even for a short time under the sun, so use sunscreen with at least SPF 15.
Have first aid kit available
Having a first aid kit on hand can be a lifesaver. Always bring a first aid kit, so that you can treat your minor injuries like scratches, bites, or cuts. Small cut that is left untreated can be dangerous so, make sure to bring a first aid kit. Be sure to complete the content of your first aid kit before your camping trip. You may want to restock plasters, bandages, scissors, disposable gloves, thermometer, skin rash cream, insect repellant, and some medicines.
Have fun and stay alert
No matter how fun camping is, you have to stay alert and pay attention to your body. You should know when to stop and rest, know what your body needs, and how to act fast and calmly during an emergency. Get plenty of rest and limit your alcohol intake during your camping trip. Stay alert and have fun with your family or friends.
Now that you know the basic safety precautions, you can safely plan and pack your things accordingly. Have fun and enjoy your time with your loved ones. Appreciate the beauty of nature, enjoy the fresh air and relax.