Camping Safety Tips

camping safety

When camping in the great outdoors, it’s important to be prepared for any type of weather conditions that may arise. This includes cold, rain and snow. You also want to be ready for any insect bites or stings that could occur. A good way to avoid these is by applying bug spray containing DEET before and during your trip. Another important camping safety item is a first aid kit with antihistamines, ointment, bandages and gauze pads.

You’ll want to bring plenty of clean drinking water with you as well. This can be accomplished by using a water filter like a Travel Berkey or Sport Berkey. You can also bring a water bottle and refill it at the campground’s bathroom facilities. If you plan to do some fishing or swimming, make sure that you have a life jacket.

Wild animals can sometimes enter campsites looking for food and water supplies. They are most likely attracted to scented items and containers, such as coolers. Be sure to store your food in the provided food storage lockers and dispose of all trash regularly. Also, keep a distance of at least 25 yards from less aggressive wildlife and 100 yards from more aggressive wildlife, such as bears and mountain lions.

In addition to animals, other threats that can face campers include poisonous plants such as poison oak and poison ivy. It’s a good idea to learn how to identify these and bring a first aid kit with an antihistamine in case you do have an allergic reaction to these plants.

Another risk is the threat of carbon monoxide. This colorless and odorless gas can build up in enclosed shelters such as tents, campers and RVs. You should never use fuel-burning equipment such as gas stoves, lanterns and heaters inside an enclosed shelter. You should also be aware of the location of your campsite in relation to flammable objects such as trees, brush and other campers.

Depending on the season and location of your campsite, it’s always a good idea to bring some extra food and water. A good rule of thumb is to pack one additional day’s worth of food and at least one extra gallon of water per person.

There are plenty of other fun things to do at a campground besides socializing around the campfire or playing games. One of our favorite things to do is take a hike or go on a scenic walk. Another nice thing to do is play a card game. Poker, go fish, rummy, war or old maid are all good options. You can also just read a book by flashlight or your campfire. A good nighttime reading ritual can be very enjoyable and relaxing. Just remember to be quiet so you don’t disturb any sleeping campers.

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