Sunday, July 2, 2017

Four Safety Tips to Learn Before Camping

Here is this Month's Outdoor Safety Article by Guest Blogger - Lee Flynn

4 Safety Tips to Learn Before Camping

If you are planning on going camping, you are probably really excited about connecting with nature, getting some exercise and enjoying some fresh air. You probably do not want your experience to be ruined by any incidents, however, so you could be wondering what you can do to stay safe. Luckily, following these four safety tips can help you stay as safe as possible on your upcoming camping trip.

1. Dress Properly

First of all, you should make sure that you dress properly. Check the weather forecast, and look into average temperatures and weather for the month that you will be traveling in. Remember that weather can change drastically throughout the course of a day and evening when you're camping, so make sure that you dress in layers so that you can add and remove layers as needed. Additionally, make sure that you are properly covered so that you can protect yourself from insect bites, the sun and the sticks, twigs and plants that you might encounter while you're out there. Wearing good shoes or hiking boots can also help you stay comfortable and can help you prevent yourself from getting injured when you're hiking along the trail.

2. Travel in Numbers

Another thing that you should remember when going camping is that traveling in numbers can be a whole lot safer. Along with sticking together when on the trails or out in the woods, it is also a good idea to have a designated meeting spot in case you get separated. You can also bring along walkie-talkies so that you can communicate with the people in your group if you get separated or if you split up for some reason or another, since you might find that you do not get very good cell phone reception.

3. Bring the Right Food and Water

Even though you might have already made a packing list that included things like your clothing and your vape battery, you might not have thought much about the food and beverages that you are going to bring. However, putting some thought into these things is important.

For example, making sure that you drink plenty of water while you are camping is very important; it can help prevent you from being dehydrated and can also help you stay cool when the temperatures rise and when you might be at risk of a heat stroke. Bringing along a few jugs of water and separate refillable water bottles for everyone in your group can be a good idea.

When packing food, you'll want to pack things that will be easy to eat and store while you're hiking or doing other outdoor activities, such as protein bars and fruit. If you are going to be cooking out on an open fire, you may want to bring along meat and other perishables. This is not necessarily a bad idea, but it's important to make sure that you keep your food at a safe temperature, such as by bringing along a good-quality cooler that will keep the food cold for a long time.

4. Protect Yourself from Wildlife

Ensuring that you protect yourself from wildlife is key when you are camping. Make sure that you bring bug spray to help with the insects, and keep food sealed up properly to avoid attracting bears. Keeping your eyes open for wildlife and avoiding touching or otherwise disturbing any animals that you might find on your adventure can help you stay safe. It's also important to look for any warnings about wildlife where you will be camping, such as bear spottings.

As you can see, there are a few different safety tips that you can follow if you'd like to stay as safe as possible on your upcoming trip. If you remember these tips and make an effort to stay safe and careful, you can help prevent anything from happening. Then, you can focus on having a good time and enjoying your surroundings.

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