Are you looking to take yourself and your family into the great outdoors for the first time? Are you intrigued by the idea of camping and getting away from it all? If so, then you need to learn a few camping safety tips before venturing out into the wild.
Doing so can help keep you informed during your travels. You’ll be more alert to potential danger, know exactly what to purchase/pack for the trip, and what to expect while you’re out there.
See below for several tips you can use to stay safe when camping. Be sure to use all of these aspects to your needs.
1. Stock Up on Blankets and Towels
Ask any expert camper what you should bring in abundance and their answer might surprise you. They won’t tell you to bring an excess of food or light, (although those are important), they’ll tell you to bring an excess of seating.
The hardcore nature man’s answer to this would be “you have the ground to sit on”, but that isn’t necessarily a good idea. For one, the ground might be wet or damp while you’re out there, so without proper seating, you’ll have no choice but to sit in wet grass and mud.
For two, if you’re camping during the late fall, early spring, or winter, you could easily catch a cold by sitting on the chilly ground without warmth.
For that reason, it’s always a good idea to come prepared. Bring one foldable chair for every person that’s camping with you. Also, be sure to stock up on things like a waterproof picnic blanket, flannel blankets, and towels. These can keep you warm and dry if you choose to sit on the ground.
It’s always nice to bring extra blankets just in case one were to get dirty. That way, you can remain comfortable while taking in the wilderness around you!
Last, but certainly not least, make sure to stock up on a few of our microfiber towels while you camp. These towels are super absorbent, fast-drying, and ultra-compact. They’re ideal to have in case you get wet, to use after taking a dip in a lake or beach, or simply to wipe away any sweat! Being extremely lightweight and soft, these are the ideal towels to take when you’re outdoors.
2. Don’t Forget Your Tent’s Accessories
Even if you’ve never camped in your life, you know the importance of bringing a tent to the campground. However, many campers arrive all the way to the campsite, only to find out they forgot all the tent accessories at home.
That can be especially heartbreaking if you’ve traveled several hours to arrive at the campsite with your family.
Perhaps the most common accessories that campers forget is the stakes that came with their tent. Without them, you’ll have no way of setting up the tent or anchoring it to the ground. Always keep them in the case you hold your tent in.
In fact, you might consider ditching the default stakes that the tent came with and purchase all-purpose stakes. These are cleverly designed with anchors in each stake to hold the tent in place through any weather conditions the wild throws at you.
They’re durable and super lightweight. Plus, they’re made of plastic, which makes them great for teaching your young ones how to set up a tent the correct way. Lastly, they’re a vibrant yellow color to make it easier for you to spot and collect them when you pack up.
3. Check the Weather Before You Leave
Imagine the horror of arriving at the campsite after an hour (or longer) of driving, checking the weather app on your phone, and finding that the forecast calls for bad weather during your entire stay.
Not only will that make the experience less enjoyable for you and your friends/family, but you also might not have packed for bad weather conditions.
Most importantly, getting caught outside during a thunderstorm is dangerous. Checking the weather app before you go will ensure that ideal conditions are awaiting you when you arrive.
Just to be thorough, take a gander at a few different forecasting sources to double-check. Look at weather.com, the weather app on your phone, or Weatherspark to gain more peace of mind before you head out.
4. Drink Clean Water Only
Don’t let the movies deceive you, it’s never a good idea to cup water from a stream and drink it. It could contain harmful pathogens that can cause sickness.
Instead, make sure to pack some water for the trip. It never hurts to stock up on a case or two of bottled water and keep it stored in your car (if your vehicle will remain close by).
If you plan to use water from the outdoors, then you’ll want to either use water purification tablets or bring the water to a boil before you use it. Remember to constantly drink water throughout the day. Even if you don’t feel it, you could quickly become dehydrated.
5. Don’t Interact With Wildlife
It’s important to remember that while you’re out in the wilderness camping, you’re in somebody else’s territory. Namely, the wild animals and critters that call the campsite their home.
No matter how cute, cuddly, or cool the wild animal might be, never try to interact or interfere with it. Some animals carry diseases, while others will bite, sting, scratch, or flat out attack you if provoked.
Whenever a wild animal comes into sight, be respectful of them. Keep a safe distance, don’t let anyone feed them, and (for the love of the wild!) don’t ever touch them.
Use These Camping Safety Tips to Your Advantage
Now that you have seen several camping safety tips that you can use to ensure an enjoyable and fulfilling camping trip, be sure to use them appropriately.
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