Hello camping lovers! I know you agree that camping is indeed one of the most rewarding experiences ever. Be it the fact that you can create cherished lifetime moments with your loved ones, or simply use it to get away from your stressful city routine. Camping is the best way to get in touch with your inner self and explore the beauty of nature.
Now, any outdoor enthusiast will tell you that camping is the ultimate adventure. However, if you fail to observe proper safety precautions your camping trip will not be fun. If anything, it will be the opposite. Or worse, it could end up with you fighting for your life. We don’t want that. So, this article is specially created to help you keep safe while camping and enjoy nature’s gifts safely and comfortably.
Keep reading to learn the best camping safety tips to make the most out of your next adventure.
1. Receive up-to-date vaccinations
Make sure to keep up with the proper vaccinations to protect yourself from certain diseases or conditions common to specific areas. When going family camping with your children, always ensure that they are up to date with physicals to establish their bodily fitness and overall health. On the same note, pay attention to any health issues within your family or camping group. Don’t forget to carry any prescribed medication and a copy of the prescriptions just in case you lose the medicine.
Take note of any allergies within the team and your doctors’ phone numbers. You could need this information in the event of an accident or any serious illness. Never forget to carry a well-equipped first aid-kit packed with adhesive bandages, gauze pads, safety pins, antiseptic wipes, antacids, antibacterial ointment, ibuprofen, and other important medications. Ensure you pack these supplies in a water-resistant bag or container. If you have critical allergies always include an EpiPen in your first aid kit.
2. Choose the proper site and shelter
Before selecting a campground site that’s appropriate for you, consider your age, medical requirements, and physical limitations if any. Make these considerations for everyone else within your camping group. The amenities available to you vary depending on whether you choose to camp in a tent or an RV /cabin. As such, it is vital to plan ahead and consider the appropriate gear for you depending on your choice of site or shelter.
For instance, if you plan to camp in a cabin you should prepare necessities for bathroom and bedding accommodations. If you prefer backpacking, however, you need a tent, Mylar emergency blanket, air mattress, and a sleeping bag, among other accommodations.
Cabins and RVs offer better safety and more amenities than tents. Regardless, many people still prefer tents. It is advisable to scour the internet before your camping trip to learn more about your preferred camping site and the amenities it offers. Make phone calls beforehand to enquire more about the site, like whether or not they provide clean water and firewood.
3. Stay updated on the weather
It is important to follow the weather forecast on your camping site before going on your trip. Keep in mind that the weather may change abruptly. As such, it is important to pack effectively for extreme weather including rain, snow, high heat, or humidity. The best way to achieve that would be packing your Mylar emergency blankets. Remember, you can never have too many of them, especially not in extreme weather conditions.
Listed below are some of the essential benefits of emergency blankets to help you camp safely even in extreme weather.
- Reflective Properties: Emergency blankets are made from aluminum, which is a reflective material. As such, you can use it to reflect your body’s heat back to you in cold weather conditions, or away from you in hot weather.
- Water Resistant: Mylar emergency blankets are completely waterproof. As such, they are extremely handy when camping. If you are tent camping in a cold and wet climate, for example, you can lay down your emergency blanket before setting up your mattress to prevent dampness. At the same time, it will prevent your body from losing heat, and if used together with our Waterproof blankets, you should stay warm and completely dry even in the coldest weather conditions.
- Sunshade: When camping in hot conditions, spread your emergency blanket over your tent with the reflective side facing outward. Other than giving you an excellent shade, the blanket will also reflect the heat waves away from you. As such, you will remain considerably cool even in the harshest heat.
4. Campfire Safety
When building a campfire, observe a 15 foot distance from the trees, any shrubs, and even the walls of your tent. Basically, light the fire far away from any flammable items including your clothes and any campsite furniture. Ensure that the fire stays small and contained throughout, preferably in a fire pit.
Take the time to learn about building campfires before going on your trip. You will learn that they are not allowed during the dry season as they can easily cause wildfires. Even during cold weather, it is important to check with the campground management or park rangers. Ask if they allow campfires within the vicinity before building one.
Consider it your duty to protect the environment and do it diligently. For example, if you have permission to start a campfire and you need wood, consult with the management. It is not advisable to carry wood from a different location and bring it to your campsite. You can easily transport insects and diseases. The campsite likely has wood for sale; consult with the management on how to acquire campfire wood.
Above all, never leave the fire unattended. Keep a bucket of water nearby and never forget to put out the fire before going to sleep. Make sure the fire is completely out.
5. Boil your drinking water
Besides, you need to drink a lot of water to keep your body hydrated at all times. Don’t wait to feel thirsty to drink water. That means that you are creating room for dehydration. Don’t allow that to happen. It is also a good idea to carry some water purification tablets or filtered bottle. When hiking, you can purify water from freshwater streams or lakes before drinking it.
6. Create a schedule for safe physical activities
Camping is a wonderful way to appreciate physical activities that you might not otherwise have an opportunity to do. Organize various activities including hiking, swimming, walking, and biking to stay you active during your trip. Keep it safe by packing your protective gear. Carry such gear as helmets, hiking shoes, and life jackets.
It is also important to know your plants. The knowledge will keep you safe from such hazards as poison oak, poison sumac, and poison ivy during your hiking adventures. In relation to this, pack some antihistamine in your first-aid kit. It is not advisable to take on any activity alone, especially swimming and hiking. It is best to do these activities as a group.
7. Keep safe against carbon monoxide
Fuel-burning equipment tend to emit carbon monoxide. As such, it is not advisable to use lanterns, heaters, charcoal grills, or even gas stoves inside an enclosed shelter. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas. If ingested, it can cause severe bodily harm or even death. Some people may leave their fuel-burning equipment burning while they sleep in their enclosed campers or tents for some extra heat. What they don’t know is that this can cause a buildup of the dangerous carbon monoxide gas.
If you need some extra heat for a comfortable night sleep, bring additional clothing and bedding. Our sherpa waterproof blanket will keep you extra warm and cozy through the night and protect you from wet weather.
8. Carry Sunscreen
Extreme sun is not good for your skin. As such, we recommend seeking shade to protect your skin from those strong UV rays. The best way to do that would be to carry sunscreen. Apply sunscreen all over your body, concentrating on exposed skin. Hats and sunglasses are great protective gear to keep your face and eyes away from extreme sunlight. If you have neither, taking shade under some trees or creating your own shade would work effectively as well.
Remember to drink a lot of water especially during those sunny days. The heat causes you to lose water faster and you don’t want to suffer from dehydration. So, keep sipping on your water throughout the day.
9. Stay Warm
When camping in cold weather, it is important to carry effective bedding and clothing. The Oceas fleece waterproof blanket is very light, very warm, and highly versatile. It will keep you warm and dry during the coldest weather. You will stay safe from hypothermia and frostbite. For extra protection, spread your emergency blanket under your tent. It will help you stay dry.
10. Observe Hazard Signs
Look out for any hazard signs. These aim to protect you from swift streams, hot springs, cliff edges, and mud pots, among other hazards. If you see a hazard sign, do not trespass the barricade for any reason. Don’t allow your curiosity lead you to your demise. Don’t do it for a photo or a better look either. It is simply not worth it.
If you are first-time camper, the above list should help you figure out some of the safest measures during your camping trip. Safety promotes comfort, and you want to have a comfortable adventure without any mishaps. Planning and preparation is the key to a great adventure, but always remember to do the most sensible thing when you are not sure.
Have a safe and fun camping trip!