For many people, warm weather means spending as much time outdoors as possible. One popular outdoor activity is camping. Before you load up the car, here are some important tips to make sure your outdoor adventure is a safe one.
Here are some essential items to pack for your camping trip:
Another important item is a first aid kit. Accidents can happen, so it is important to bring a well-stocked kit that includes:
Before leaving home and when on the road, keep these things in mind:
When you are at the campsite and ready to set up camp, follow these guidelines:
Building a campfire is a part of the camping experience. A campfire provides warmth and light, a place to cook, and of course a place to sing campfire songs. When selecting a spot to build a fire, choose an area that is far away from your tent. The campfire area should be clear of debris. Keep the fire contained by making sure it is in a metal ring or encircled with rocks. After a fire is built, there should always be someone watching over it. When it is time to put the fire out, pour a lot of water over it to make sure that there are no sticks, embers, or coals left burning.
To keep uninvited guests, like bears and other animals away, make sure you do not leave things out that would attract them to your campsite. This means keeping your campsite tidy.
It may be difficult to keep your camping experience insect-free, since bugs will be everywhere. However, you can keep them from becoming a problem by taking these steps:
There is an abundance of flowers and plants to enjoy in the wildlife. But, the saying stop and smell the flowers does not apply to every plant you may encounter. Learn about and be aware of any dangerous plants that are in the area you will be visiting. If you accidentally are exposed to a plant such as poison ivy, wash the affected area with soap and water as soon as possible. Do not eat any plants or berries that you are not certain are edible.
There are important things to keep in mind when camping. Become knowledgeable and share the information with your fellow campers. With careful planning, you can have a safe camping trip that will lead to an enjoyable experience for everyone.
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Last reviewed June 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods, MD, FAAP Last Updated: 7/10/2017