Tip Tuesday: Camping Safety

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Did you know that over 45 million people went camping between spring 2008 and 2015? If camping plans are on your horizon and you aren’t prepared or properly educated, your camping trip could quickly go awry. Check out our top tips below.

Always bring extra food and water: Generally speaking you would probably bring enough food just for the time you plan on camping, but what if you and your family/friends get stuck in a storm, lost or stranded? Always bring more than you think you need in case of any unforeseen predicament.

Directions: Always have some sort of GPS device like your phone or even a physical map or compass in case your phone dies. (On that note, bring an external and wireless phone charger. Make sure you charge it before your trip.) Pay attention to landmarks and don’t stray too far at night when it’s dark out.

Keep it simple: Be sure to bring food and beverages that don’t need any refrigeration: You need items that will last for a significant period of time. Think trail mix, protein bars, dried fruit, etc.

First aid: Never go on a camping trip without a first aid kit. Make sure it’s filled with antiseptic spray, hand sanitizer, band aids, gauze, small scissors, wet wipes and anything else you may see fit.

Watch out for the wildlife: Bears and other animals have the capacity to smell out your food and campsite. Always keep food stored. There are such things as “bear canisters” which can help keep your food out of bear paws. Don’t leave it in the car or sitting around your campsite. Additionally, bring the bug spray. Mosquitos thrive when it’s hot and humid outside.

Grill safety: We’ve reviewed grill safety before and the same concept applies. Do not use a grill or any other heated item inside your tent or car or any other enclosed space. This can lead to serious carbon monoxide poisoning which can be deadly.

Change in weather: Sometimes in the summer we find the weather fluctuating. It could be raining and cloudy in the morning then experience the bright, hot sunshine come afternoon. Be prepared for all elements. This includes sunscreen, a hat or visor, rain jacket, etc.

Physical activities: Go swimming, take a walk, hike up the hill, but whatever you decide to do, be sure to have the appropriate gear. Be sure to bring proper hiking/walking shoes, life jackets, water sandals, helmets and any additional safety gear you might need. Better to be prepared ahead of time instead of missing out on some fun activities.

Last Thursday, the National Park Service turned 100! So what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to get out and explore. Don’t forget the hot dogs and s’mores!

Tip Tuesday: Camping Safety