Many of us are just heading out for our first camping trip in two years! The excitement is high and we have so many chores to take care of before we can hit the road. With this many things to consider, safety might be left on the back burner in 2021. However, safety in nature should always be your priority, so here are a few tips you need to keep in mind when organizing a camping trip today:
Ensure you have all the necessary gear
It’s a great idea to try out all your gear at home, but make sure to put it all back in. You can’t afford to arrive at your destination and see that you forgot to put the tarp back in your pack! To avoid this and similar mistakes, create a list of all the gear you will need during your camping trip but don’t do this at once or last minute. Allow yourself a few days to think and add or remove items from the list. When packing and heading home, use it to load things in your car. If you’re missing something from the list, note it down and replace it as soon as you can.
Pick a safe site
Next, ensure that your site is safe for camping. Make sure to consider how your tent can fit, what kind of drainage is present in the area and how accessible the campground is to every member of your party. If these safety concerns are not satisfied, it’s best to go looking for another spot.
Learn about the area
Every safety preparation checklist needs to contain the item concerning your campground surrounding. Start rese/0arching while you’re at home and learn about the flora and fauna of the locality. Just in case, make sure to have reliable automatic knives with you at all times. These are small enough to fit into every pocket, yet great for quick defense against predators. Having a good knife will also allow you to prepare food, set up shelter, cut rope, make various items and do many other things in nature.
Set up camp as soon as you arrive
Don’t go exploring around or relaxing with beer as soon as you arrive. Once you’re sure your location is safe, start setting up camp right away. You want to have secure shelter while the sun is still high up. This gives you a chance to mess up, rectify your mistakes and still set up camp before nightfall.
Ensure you have plenty of water
The human body is 70% water, so make sure to keep that number high by packing plenty of water with you. Staying hydrated is especially important in nature since you need to stay sharp, focused and fit to handle all your camping tasks. If you’re going away from home for longer, make sure to invest in water filtering gear so you don’t have to worry about restocking or running out of drinkable water. If you’re forced to drink suspicious-looking water, make sure to boil it first.
Keep medication and first aid kit close
Caring for your health while camping is very important, so one thing you always have to keep with you is a first aid kit. Even though most campers never use it, it’s smart to have it with you. Fill your first aid kit will all the things that make you feel safe, including medication and an EpiPen. Leaving out these items thinking you won’t need them is very naïve and can cause a lot of issues for everyone involved.
Even the hottest August days might have chilly nights when you’re in nature, so make sure to accompany your summer clothing with a few warmer layers for the evening and night. Packing an extra blanket to throw over your sleeping bag is also a good idea. Of course, a reliable four-seasons sleeping bag is a great investment for every camper—these even allow you to sleep right under the stars!
Secure your food
Tasty food is one of the best parts of every camping trip, but make sure to store your food safely. Be mindful of contamination and bring food that’s not easily perishable. Sealed packages like cans and vacuum packs are great for storing food since they won’t attract predators. It’s also a great idea to have some high-protein, fat and sugar snacks with you—think trail mix and snack bars. These will sustain you in unplanned situations.
With the current covid-19 situation, make sure to also pack a mask even though you won’t need it when there are no strangers around. Lastly, ensure the nature is safe as well by taking your trash with you and not destroying trees or disturbing animals.
These tips will ensure your camping trip is safe, secure and fun, so you can freely take your family and friends with you and share wonderful experiences surrounded by greenery, fresh air and warm sun.