If you’ve recently discovered the joy of camping and spending time in nature, great for you! There’s nothing like feeling the sun shining on your skin and breathing in the fresh air. But with the good things about being outdoors, you should know that the woods are rough and prone to accidents and injuries. You must always be careful, prepared and above all, always think about your safety and that of your fellow campers.
Follow these important tips for safe outdoor travel:
Anticipate insects and insects
We all know that the woods are home to many creatures, large and small. That’s why you need to be prepared to protect yourself from all kinds of insects, especially if you’re camping during bug season. Besides being annoying, some creatures, like ticks and mosquitoes, can cause serious health problems.
Make sure you bring bug spray and a good mosquito repellent. If you are exploring or trekking, wear long sleeves and pants (best if you slip them into long socks) to protect your skin. At night, use yellow or red light instead of white, as white is more attractive to insects.
Practice campfire safety
Spending time around a campfire under the stars is one of the greatest joys of camping. But we all know we should always be careful with anything that involves a fire. Make sure you start your fire in an open space, away from your tent, trees, and the bush (most campsites have a fire pit). Never leave your campfire unattended and be sure to extinguish it completely when you are about to sleep or when you leave the campsite.
Be prepared for emergencies
One of the most important things you should bring on every camping / outdoor trip is a well-stocked first aid kit. In the event of an injury, you must be prepared to administer first aid until help arrives. Make sure your kit contains dressings, bandages, gauze pads, scissors, tweezers, allergy and pain medication, antibiotic ointments, antiseptic creams, etc. There are many comprehensive listings on camping sites that you can check out.
Along with a first aid kit, it’s also important to bring a map, compass, whistle, chalk, lighter, flashlight, and bear spray in case you get lost in the woods.
The outdoors is such a fun and educational place. But it also poses many dangers and preparation is key. Follow these important tips for safe outdoor travel!