Camping is a great way to unwind; you get to be outdoors, enjoy mother nature, inhale some fresh air and roast marsh mellows with your buddies. However, some catastrophes can arise if you’re not fully prepared. Here are a few tips to help you get ready for your fun filled adventure.
Keep your food and drinks cold by bringing along a cooler. Bring a cooler that is waterproof and leak-proof in order to keep food items at the recommended temperatures. It’s a good idea to bring along an additional backpack cooler that you can use in order to bring certain items along with you during hikes or excursions away from the camp grounds. It’s recommended that you pack pre-packaged foods along such as foods that are sealed in a bag or canned. Certain specialty stores carry delicious pre- prepared package foods such as delicious Thai style tuna and Brazilian corned beef in pouches that are easy to open and carry along.
Be alert of your environment and be careful of any bears that may be lurking about. These creatures may look cute and adorable when it comes to stuffed teddy bears, but they can be lethal if encountered in real life. Once you are done eating always put food away immediately and try to eat away from your sleeping area, since bears are drawn to the smell of food. Don’t bring scented products such as perfumes along since these odors can attract wild animals. A lot of grounds that are in bear territory will provide you with steel boxes where you can store your food; make sure that every last bit is stored away safely in these boxes.
Many injuries that occur during camping trips involve bodily burns. It’s never a good idea to use gasoline in order to start a fire and don’t start one when it’s super windy outside as this can cause the entire forest to burn down. This is especially important in areas where the dry winds can propel massive wildfires. Never leave a fire unattended and keep small children away from the flames. Putting out the fire will also help to prevent wild animals from getting close the camping grounds.
Don’t forget to bring an emergency kit with products such as band aids, antiseptic and medications. Other items which you might need include a smart phone, GPS device, flashlights and plenty of batteries. Make sure that you let your friends and family know the exact location of your camp and how many days you will be gone. Also pack along a few mosquito nets and some insect repellent since insects and mosquitoes can be brutal in these type of areas.
You can become familiar with the grounds prior to arriving by reading about it on the web. This will let you know what type of animals and surroundings to expect. If done properly, camping should be a safe and fun experience for all. So why not start planning your next trip and make sure to stay safe!