Camping is a great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, but it does come with some risk. Plan in advance and avoid any potential dangers this season by following these simple outdoor camping safety tips. With the right preparation, each of your outdoor adventures can be safe and enjoyable.
Camping Safety Tips
Pack the Essentials
There are a few standard items you want to make sure to always have with you before you camp. Build or follow a checklist to ensure you have everything you need. Going on a hike as well? The “Ten Essentials” list is also a great resource to use when planning what to bring hiking.
Choose the Right Site
It is imperative that you pitch your tent in the proper areas to avoid wild animals, weather hazards, or other wilderness issues. Plan your campsite in advance so you can anticipate travel time in order to get there before night falls.
Store Food Properly
Improperly stored food attracts wild animals. Don’t leave food, open food containers, or trash out where animals or insects can find it. Store your food in airtight containers or airtight insulated coolers and pack these away from where you will be sleeping. Keeping them in your car is a good choice. If you are backpacking, plan on hanging your food in a waterproof bag from a high tree branch, away from where you are sleeping. Some campsites may also have a designated food storage locker. Some areas may require the use of a bear canister. You should familiarize yourself with the various methods.
Build Safe Fires
Nearly all forest fires are caused by human activities. To avoid a disaster, learn how to build, maintain, and extinguish fires, or else skip them altogether. Check with park rangers about specific fire safety for the area in which you will be camping and follow all directions carefully.
Take Care of Yourself
Wear proper skin protection, stay hydrated, and mind your surroundings. Keep your distance from wild animals and don’t overexert yourself. Camping should be a fun, relaxing experience, but it requires a bit of preparation to be so. Do your research and follow all precautions and you’ll be on your way to an enjoyable time out in nature.
For more outdoor safety advice, see our post on hiking safety tips.
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