Camping is an exciting outdoor activity where you get to sleep among the nature. It also provides opportunities to people to bond or to find their personal space and break from daily life. However, camping will be no fun if you suffer from severe sunburn, stroke or get bitten by snake. Keep yourself and other people going with you safe and sound with these useful tips:
1. Bring a Basic First Aid Kit
Even a compact-size basic first aid kit can save you in a lot more situations than you think. There are so many potential incidents that can happen so make sure you save some space in your bag for a first aid kit.
For your best benefits, the kit should be personalized to meet your specific needs and to deal with common things that can occur during the trip. Here are a few pointers to follow:
- Learn to administer basic first aid (and CPR also);
- Know how to use things you put in the kit;
- Keep everything organized so that you know the content location well and can find things easily;
- Keep the content in a durable, waterproof container;
- Never use expired medicine; re-stock when necessary;
2. Always Stay Hydrated During the Trip
No matter when you go camping or picnicking, keeping yourself hydrated is a must. During the summer, you need enough water to keep yourself cool and avoid heat stroke while in the winter, you need to keep yourself warm and there is nothing simpler than having a hot drink. Take the feeling of being thirsty as the first sign of dehydration. More serious symptoms are headaches and dizziness.
Different people have different needs for water but generally, you should drink about 15 to 20 ounces of water before doing any strenuous activities.
Water purification tablets can be used to purify water in case you don’t bring enough water and have access to a natural water resource.
3. Prepare Safe Food in Advance
You can get hungry easily after a day of walking and doing all sorts of outdoor exercise. Nothing is worse than having to eat spoiled food and end up on the toilet on night long. There are risks of developing infectious diseases too. Maintaining safe and healthy food is actually not very difficult. You need to keep raw food and cooked food separately. Remember to keep them in tight, waterproof bags or container; you can use an insulated cooler to maintain food quality.
4. Bring the Right Camping Gear
Thorough preparation is the key for an enjoyable trip. Before the trip, go through the list of essential items you need. You want to be well-prepared but also should avoid bring too much stuff. Check all the items to see if they operate well before packing: you don’t want to arrive at the camp site to find out there are missing accessories for your tent or the stove is broken. Some extra clothing, a spare blanket, flashlight and fire starters are recommended.
5. Pitch Your Tent Properly and Safely
A tent (or even a hammock) is an essential item to bring along in a camping trip. No matter how lightweight it can be that it may cause no serious harm when falling down, there are still common incidents related to it. For example: people normally trip over the guy ropes.
Make sure you bring all necessary accessories for pitching a tent properly. Never obstruct the walkways with guy ropes and locate the tent pegs where it is not easy for people to tread over.
6. Don’t Approach Wild Animals
Wild animals are cute or fascinating to look at but you should stop at that. Don’t try to touch or feed them in a close distance. They can display unpredictable behavior, especially when you walk into their territories or accidentally disrupt them while they are in the midst of some activities. They will mostly run away but you never know exactly what can happen. Look out for snakes and try to calmly and slowly move from them once you see them.
Wild animals can get into the campsite for food so you should not keep food in the tent. Store them away safety and clear up the mess after cooking and eating.
7. Watch Out for Insects
You can encounter various types of insects during your trip, including bees, wasp, and mosquitoes. They are not only annoying but can be harmful as well. You can apply insect repellent on your skin to avoid being bitten. Be on the outlook for bee nest hung from trees. Remember to include medicines to fight severe allergic reactions in your basic aid kit if you ever suffered from it before.
8. Protect Yourself from Sunburn and Ultraviolet Radiation
Wearing sunglasses with shade and applying sunscreen are the two most common methods to fight against glare and UV rays. Getting sunburn of your vacation is no fun for sure and protection from UV ray should be done all year around. When going out under scorching heat, make sure you dress properly: cover yourself with clothing and a hat.
9. Keep Close Eyes on Children
If there are children on the trip, teach them to always stay within your sight. Give each child a whistle to stay in touch in case of emergency is advised. Make sure you bring at least one of their pictures to ask for help in case they get lost. Don’t let them come near the water source if they don’t know how to swim.
10. Stay in Touch
When you are alone deep in forest and in trouble, you need some form of communication to ask for help. Always bring a charged cellphone with you (one with GPS is recommended), a map, a flashlight and some matches.
It is best that you don’t go camping alone. At least, you should always let someone know where you are so that they can track you down when necessary.
11. Stay Out of the Tent When Lightning Strikes
In case of lightning storm, stay away from the tent, tall tree and water. Try to get into a vehicle or seek an open field instead.
12. Adhere to Campfire Safety
To avoid risk of fire, you should do the cooking outside the tent and handle gas canisters or camping stove with care. Always turn these devices off when not in use, avoid leakage or spillage. Completely extinguish fire and never leave it unattended. Never start a fire near flammable items.