How to Safely Go Camping
Jul 22 2020

How to Safely Go Camping

By: Graham Andreae

Looking to experience a little of the great outdoors? When camping in your area, there are a number of things one needs consider. Chief among them is where you will be staying, as each choice offers different advantages and amenities. Choosing a tent versus a cabin presents very different circumstances. A cabin will have a mattress, but a tent will require you to bring an air mattress and sleeping bag.

Another thing to consider when deciding to take a stab at exploring the great outdoors is the need to monitor weather and pack accordingly. Whether you can expect rain, snow, high heat, or humidity, you must take the weather into account when packing. According to KOA.com, many campers plan one month ahead to ensure that they are prepared for changes.

This outdoors website also recommends that you pack your food in tight, waterproof containers and store then in an insulated cooler to minimize the risk of encounters with wild animals.

When dealing with fire, always err on the side of caution. This means that you should never leave the fire unattended, should keep a bucket of water near the fire, maintain a 15-foot space between living areas and the fire, and make sure to drown all of the embers, red or otherwise, with water when you call it a night.

The most effective way to avoid getting attacked by bugs is to wear light, long-sleeve pants and shirts. But aside from that, ensuring that the insect repellent that you put on does not easily dissolve in water is also useful.

And finally, take care of yourself on such a trip, making sure to protect yourself from the sun, with such precautions as wearing a hat or putting on sunscreen, staying hydrated, and staying alert for wildlife. If you do come into contact with wildlife, wash your hands with soap and water or 60-percent rubbing alcohol. We are not the only things walking these areas, so be careful and have fun.


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