Camping is one of the best ways to bond with your family and friends and it is best done during summer or spring season. Before embarking on a camping trip, careful planning and taking safety precautions are a must. Below are just some of the tips to achieve a hassle-free camping.
Decide On Your Destination
You need to decide where you want to go on camping – beach, dessert, or in the woods. This will help you decide what to bring with you during the trip.
Research Your Chosen Destination
Make sure to research your destination first. Gather as many information as you can for your chosen destination. Reading reviews from other campers will help you decide whether it is a good place to spend your few nights outside your home. Bringing a map of your camping location will definitely not hurt.
Vaccinations are important and can help protect against certain diseases and infections while on camping. Ask your doctor or nurse to see if you’ve had all of the recommended vaccines before going to a camp.
Food and Water Safety
Make sure to bring enough food and water supply for the duration of your camping trip. You don’t want to cut short your camping activity just because you ran out of food already. Bring necessary pieces of equipment to ensure the freshness of your food and safety of your water.
Here are safety tips to follow for your food:
Pack foods in tight, waterproof bags or containers. Keep them in an insulated cooler.
Wash hands and surfaces often. If water is not available, using hand sanitizer is great.
Separate raw foods from cooked foods.
Cook foods to proper temperatures such as meat. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F to be safe.
Refrigerate uncooked food and chill cooked foods promptly.
Be sure to have a source of safe drinking water or carry drinking water with you at all times. Avoid drinking water from lakes or streams no matter how clean it looks.
Keep Safe During Physical Activities
To stay active during your camping trip, you can do things such walking, biking, hiking or swimming but you have to bring along with your protective gear such helmets, sturdy shoes, and life jackets. Be sure to avoid poisonous plants like poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. Remember to know your limits to avoid any injuries during activities.
Follow Warning Signs
Always follow the warning signs posted anywhere in your camping location.
Some of us are interested and excited to see wild animals, but they are still wild and should be treated as dangerous. Avoid close contact and feeding these wild animals. Enjoy watching them from a safe distance in their natural surroundings.
Build a Campfires
Building a campfire is the most enjoyable part of camping. Since the smell of woodsmoke and the pop and hiss of burning wood in a campfire brightens any night out in the woods, mountains, or beach. However, make sure to keep the fire manageable so that it can be easily put out in case of emergency.
Staying safe is important! Happy camping everyone!