Camping safety is something you should take seriously. A small cut or injury can turn an enjoyable trip into a nightmare, without proper first aid. Accidents tend to happen anytime and so you should be prepared with at least a basic first aid kit.
The other day when I and my family went camping at a campsite, that was heavy rain being pouring for the first day. At midnight, when all of us have fallen in sleep, suddenly we heard a very loud sound coming not far away from our campsite. Since the rain was still pouring, we have no idea of what was going on. This makes us felt so nervous and we just can’t have a good sleep all night and scared something bad might happen to us.
We wait till dawn and luckily the rain been stopped, and we came out from our tent and take a look, only realized that there was a giant tree that felt down about 100 meters from our tent. It is lucky enough we are not building our tent in that place as there are one of the favorite sites that many campers like to camp.
After this incident, we started to put awareness and precautions every time we go camping. We like to camp but would hope that no miserable thing will happen to us while camping.
Here are some various tips we practice and would love to share with you if it also happens to you to be a camping lover. You can treat them as your guidelines.
Always know of your surroundings
When pick your campsite to place your tent, you need to look around and see if there is any dead tree nearby. Better stay away from the dead tree as they might fall anytime when there is strong wind happening.
Never feed wild animals
Animals may look cute and friendly but are unpredictable, especially if they have young ones with them. Why we cannot feed them? When animals get used to being fed by campers, they will gather nearby your campsite. This may cause other dangerous animals like the bear to come over when they smell their prey. This is the most important safety precaution if you are camping in bear country.
Store your food in a secure place
It is good for you to keep your food away from animals. It’s best to hang it from a tree. Nonetheless, you also need to beware of monkey which can be aggressively grabbed and sabotage your foods.
Be on the lookout for snakes, spiders and other small creatures
There is no effective snake repellent that exists even today. Many people think that sprinkler sulfur around the camp area is a good way to keep snake away, but in fact, the snake is not scared of sulfur. Therefore, choosing a snake-free area is a better choice if you go camping.
Also, it is best for you to make a frequent check of your tent to make sure there is no hole for the snake to get in. You may prepare yourself a repair-kit in case you need to seal the hole or repair your tent if any damage happens.
Beware of small insects
Bees, ants, ticks, flies, mosquitoes, and other insects can be very bothersome. Some people can have an allergic reaction to their bite and can require immediate medical attention.
Wearing lightweight long sleeve shirts and pants can help in keeping all these annoying bugs to get in touch with your skin. But for mosquitos, they can bite through your shirt.
To combat this problem, you can try to buy outdoor clothing that features with insect repellent in the fabric. These shirts can repel those bugs to get close to you. By putting this type of treated clothing on your body, you don’t have to spray mosquitos repellent on your skin.
Don’t hike alone
If you are going hiking during camping, better have companions to accompany. Even if you are going alone, you need to tell someone where you are going and when you intend to be back. Take supplies with you such as food, water, camping knife, even for a short hike.
Beware of the weather forecast
Weather can change quickly. You need to keep yourself with the latest weather forecast from time to time. By doing so you can have better preparation if there is lightning or thunderstorm happening.
Wear sunscreen and good sunglasses
Sunburn can easily ruin your trip. So you need to prepare a sunscreen with you. You need to know that sunscreen is measured with the levels of protection that it can give to you, which is known as sun protection factor(SPF). You should choose a sunscreen that has higher SPF which will provide more protection for your skin to expose to the sun. Also, wearing a pair of good sunglasses with UV protection is essential to give good protection of your eyes against the sun.
Supervise Your Kids Safety
If you have children with you, supervise them. Don’t let them go exploring by themselves. Camping requires safety considerations for children. You need to establish boundaries beforehand to let them know the farthest area they can go to keep them stay under the reach of your eyesight.
Handle gas containers with care
Keep your gas containers at a safe distance from any source of heat or flame. These are flammable items that can easily cause fire and explode if not keep them properly and out of reach of children. For more about gas measures and safety, you can refer to this camping gas safety data sheet.
Your campfire should be surrounded by a ring of rocks. You need to clear sticks and dry leaves in the area of your campfire. Also, you got to make sure there is a distance being kept from the campfire to your tents and other items.
Extinguish the campfire properly before going to sleep or leaving your site. Plenty of forest fires are started by campfires that are not put out properly. It is a good practice to always build your fire downwind and several yards away from any tents.
Camping Electrical Safety
Before taking off, you are better to do an inspection on all electronic devices that you bring along to make sure they are in good working condition. Check and evaluate all the power supply cords as well. Identify the main switches and electrical panel first and you can turn them off immediately in case any issue happens. If you bring propane camping heaters, you need to ensure it is safe to be used inside the tent. Otherwise, it may create a disaster for you if the heater malfunction.
Never refuel your equipment inside a tent
This is a very important fire safety advice. Equipment like camping gas canister is easy to get on fire. If the fuel accidentally flows out, it can cause the fumes of combustion which can endanger your life.
Don’t smoke inside a tent
The cigarette butt can easily cause a hole in your tent. And most of the stuff that you store in your tent is easily flaming items. If the cigarette accidentally lights up and causing a fire, it can put your tent and all stuff inside on fire and you also may get injured by fire.
Beware of Medical Condition
Be aware of anyone in your group that has an ongoing medical condition such as diabetes or allergies. These can become life-threatening conditions that may require immediate medical attention.
Most of all, use common sense when dealing with camping safety and your trip should be an enjoyable one.
Read also: Family Camping Checklist For Beginners
Camping First Aid Kit and Safety Gear
A camping first aid kit is a must-have for your trip away from home. The farther away from civilization the campsite you are going to camp at, the more supplies you need in your safety kit. And the more safety tools and gear you need to prepare.
The vast majority of situations you will deal with are small scrapes, cuts, bruises, and a blister or two.
I suggest you take a first aid course so you know how to deal with emergency situations. You may be able to receive this training at work. Here is a list of a basic kit that you can treat as your guidelines.
- First Aid Manual
- Antiseptic Wipes
- Antiseptic Solution
- Adhesive and Butterfly Bandages
- Self-adhesive Roller Bandages
- Elastic Bandages (Band-Aids)
- Sterile Gauze Pads
- Splinting Materials
- Large Wound Dressings
- Blister Dressings
- Non-adhesive dressings
- Cloth-based Adhesive Tape
- Cold Pack
- Non-latex Gloves
- Large Plastic Bag
- Safety Pins
- Tweezers and Needles
- Topical Antibiotic Cream
- Oral Antihistamine
- Medications for Pain or Fever
- Hydrocortisone Cream (1%)
Other camping safety items you might want to have are a list of emergency phone numbers, some extra cream for sunburns, a warm blanket, and a flashlight with extra batteries.
You can purchase a first aid kit at many pharmacy stores as well as big camping outlets.
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