The best camping trip is a safe one, and if it’s your first time camping, it can help to take note of the best safety practices. When you’re out in the wilderness, you will often be isolated, and sometimes you will be miles from the nearest help. Being vigilant and aware of danger is essential, and with the following tips, you can make sure that you won’t get caught out, no matter where your next adventure takes you.
Always Have a First Aid Kit
Whether you buy a kit from a survival or sports store, or if you want to make up your own, it is essential that you take a first aid kit any time that you are camping. Some essentials could include basic pain killers, band aids and bandages, burn cream, forceps for removing splinters, and alcohol or antimicrobial wipes.
Safety Around Wild Animals
Always research your campsite, and ask locals or a park ranger about wild animals in the area. Never leave food waste around your campsite, as this can attract wild animals. If you’re going to be hiking, make sure you only do so during the day when you can be more aware of your surroundings and any animals that might be present.
Keep Your Campfire Safe
Check that you’re allowed campfires on your campsite, as some parks won’t allow open fires. If you do build a fire, do so in a safe and open area, with a safe distance between the fire and your tent. Never light a fire underneath a low hanging tree, and make sure that someone is always supervising the fire. Lastly, always check that the fire is completely out before leaving the area, or going to sleep.
Always Stay Hydrated
If there’s no water supply where you will be camping, make sure that you bring more than enough to spare. If you’re hiking away from your campsite, you will need to carry enough water to last the hike, plus an additional 24 hours. Make sure that you also have water sterilization tablets in case you get stranded and need to take water from an untested source.
Bring a Map of The Area
Even if you think you’re familiar, always bring a map, and if the terrain is particularly complex or unfamiliar, then include a compass in your kit. This could be a lifesaver if you’re out hiking and get lost. Alternatively, carry a GPS navigator with you so that you can always be aware of your location.
Invest in a GPS Beacon
Consider a personal GPS beacon for emergency situations. When you’re camping, it’s likely that you won’t have cell phone coverage. For remote areas, a GPS beacon can alert emergency services when you’re in trouble, such as if you or one of your companions needs medical evacuation.
By following these safety tips, you can ensure that you get the best out of any getaway, and you’ll always have peace of mind.