Whether you enjoy hiking a waterfall in spring or gazing at falling leaves in autumn, camping out has many attractions for every outdoor enthusiast. Aside from planning for the time of year, camping also requires some forethought about safety for the entire group. You want to roast marshmallows and explore the countryside without any emergencies marring the trip.
Covering the Skin
Whether its winter or summer, covering your skin from the elements is a top priority. The hot summer sun burns while bitter winter winds dry out skin. Consider wearing long sleeves and pants to protect your largest organ. You’ll only need to put sunscreen on any exposed areas, such as the face. This clothing strategy also protects you from scratching branches on long hikes. Even bring extra socks to keep feet dry in case of rain or stepping in a large puddle.
Always practice making a fire well before the camping trip. Everyone in the party should be able to create fire in an emergency. For added safety, bring along a strong flashlight with extra batteries. When the sun sets, camp areas are often pitch black. Industrial-strength flashlights give you a sharp view of the surrounding area, especially if you need to search for a straggling hiker or just find the nearest bathroom cabin.
First Aid Kit
Never leave the house without a full first aid kit. Camping is all about discover and good times, but all of that changes if someone is hurt without the proper recovery tools. Look through the kit to check for ample bandages, tape, antiseptic and other ointments. Automatic cold packs are a smart addition to the kit. It doesn’t weigh that much in your overall supplies, but can be a lifesaver when necessary.
After cooking up that caught fish, clean up the area meticulously. Store away any utensils, pans and trash to avoid attracting wildlife. You are in the wild even if the camping site is obviously designated for visitors. Raccoons and bears are curious and hungry creatures, depending on your location. Hiding all foods away after use keeps your group safe. Try to bring canned foods if you don’t live off the land. Sealed cans have no enticing scents to wildlife.
Location is Everything
You’ll definitely want to explore the area while you’re visiting. Get familiar with the ranger’s location and phone number in case of emergency. Bring along your own traditional compass and GPS devices. You always want to know your location and the camp’s coordinates. Being lost in the wilderness is difficult to do when you pay attention to location and landmarks. Even get the kids into the spirit by pointing out key landmarks, such as a river. Teaching them about finding their way could be a lifesaving lesson.
Being aware of your surroundings and packing accordingly keeps everyone safe. If there are any special needs, such as chronic disease medications, bring an ample supply to avoid complications. The outdoors should be a time of reflection rather than worry. You’ll feel calmer knowing safety measure are already in place.