There’s nothing quite like the great outdoors. Connecting with nature is something that can help relieve stress and create long-lasting memories with our loved ones. However, camping and spending time outdoors does require responsible practices that can help prevent accidents or injuries. Here are a few tips that can help you, your family and friends stay safe while camping during the warmer months.
- Select a Secure Space: It’s important to select a safe and secure campsite when camping. Some people like to camp in lodges or KOAs, while others prefer the back-woods experience of a tent. Wherever you choose to set up camp, make sure it’s appropriate for your physical limitations and medical needs.
- Campfire Safety: One of the most exciting and primitive parts of camping is building a campfire. The first step to campfire safety is to understand the fire conditions for your location. In windy or dry months, campfires may not be allowed for back-woods camping. If you confirm you can build a fire at your campsite, make sure your fire is at least 15 feet away from tents, trees, shrubs, or anything else that could catch fire. Also, make sure you never leave a fire unattended, and that you put out the fire when you leave the site.
- Food and Drink Safety: Leaving food out at your site could result in unwanted, hungry animals! Always check with the staff at your location to ask about the best practices for food and drink storage. Some places require a bear-proof canister, while others are considered safe with a secure cooler. Either way, know the limitations and rules of your site.
- Allergic Reactions and Medical Emergencies: Being out in nature means being farther away from immediate medical treatment. Thus, you need to be extra cautious of allergic reactions and medical emergencies. Don’t ingest, or become exposed to, plants or food you can’t identify. This can prevent a medical emergency or allergic reaction.
Camping is, no-doubt, an amazing experience. It can also be a situation where dangers and injury can occur. Make sure you stay alert while camping to avoid accidents during this fun experience.