Camping is a lot of fun and a great tradition for many families. However, camping can be dangerous and certain safety precautions need to be made. Safety should always be at the forefront of your mind when camping. Here are some things you should consider when on your next camping trip.
The first thing you should do when you arrive to your camping spot is to look over the area. You want to be sure and look for things like broken glass and other trash that could cause a potential problem. While you should always leave your camping site better than when you found it, not all people live up to that standard and you may be caught with the aftermath. Before you setup camp take some time to cleanup the camping site. You also want to make sure that there are no protruding sticks are sharp rocks around that could cause an accident if someone were to trip on them or onto them. From the beginning you want to make sure that your camping site is organized and clean, clutter just causes confusion and possible accidents. You will also want to find an area for your campfire.
Before you go camping make sure that you check to see if the area you are going to be camping in has any restrictions on campfires. Certain times dry conditions or forest fires can cause a restriction to be placed on the use of campfires while camping. You’ll also want to avoid building a campfire when it’s windy since the wind can cause the fire to spread quickly to different areas of your campsite. Make sure to always keep water handy to douse the flame and never go to bed without burying the fire first. A camping trip can quickly get out of control if you don’t practice fire safety.
The other side of camping safety is first aid. You should be prepared to handle basic first aid situations while on your camping trip. You can take a basic course before you leave home that will help you be prepared to handle sprained ankles, broken bones, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and other ailments sufficiently until professional help can be found. Always go camping with another person, if you go on a hike and break your ankle and you aren’t with anyone you could be stranded and would have to depend on someone passing by seeing you. Always be sure to take a first aid kit with you when you’re camping and keep yourself well hydrated. It’s also a good idea to find out if there is anything you’re allergic to, such as bee stings.
You don’t want to discover that you’re allergic to a bee sting hours away from the nearest hospital. If you do have severe allergies such as an allergy to bee stings, be sure to always carry your medication with you while camping. Before you leave home check to see what types of poisonous plants and animals are in the area and be prepared to deal with them on your camping trip should the need arise.
Camping can be a time for creating memories and having fun. While most camping trips go smoothly, it is usually due to preventive safety measures. Make sure to keep safety first and your camping trip will go off without a hitch!