Camping is an activity that the beckons you to roast marshmallows, sightsee the wilderness and pass the night sharing stories by the campfire with family and friends — what’s not to love? But while spending a few days exploring the outdoors can be adventurous and thrilling, it’s essential to maintain your safety throughout your travels, too.
While navigating your way through foreign land can be treacherous, the good news is that many of the dangers of outdoor exploration can be avoided. Want to get the most out of your camping trip while maintaining your safety? You’ll find that even if you can’t scout your camping spot ahead of time, with a little strategic planning, you can still head into the woods safely.
Explore and Setup Camp During the Daytime
When camping in a new location for the first time, it’s essential to make camp before the sun begins to set so that you don’t have to navigate foreign land in the dark. Walking through the woods or unfamiliar areas at night can result in falls and stumbles that cause broken bones, which is the last thing you want in an unfamiliar location.
Avoid injury by using the natural sunlight as a guide during the day. Set up camp in the evening and use a flashlight to find your way throughout the campsite whenever necessary at night.
Bundle up — or Down
Clothing offers a protective barrier that shields you from the elements. While you may be tempted to simply wear your favorite shorts and t-shirt ensemble, it can be an unwise idea for many reasons.
What is the climate like in the area where you’ll be camping? If the region is prone to humidity and moisture, wear long sleeves and pants to avoid mosquito bites during your sojourn. Dress with an added layer of insulation in colder climates and shed jackets wherever the weather is warm enough to do so. Weather is unpredictable, so it’s better to have more clothes than necessary instead of not enough.
Prepare Nutritional Backup
If you follow the safety tips and steps for preparing a campfire in your area’s terrain and still fall short on producing those anticipatory flames, remember to stock your traveling bags with backup snacks and meals.
Granola bars, trail mix and canned soups and beans are excellent camping food options that serve as a source of nutrition when your main course meals fail to deliver. They also provide you with the means to keep your energy fueled when you’re on the go and away from your campsite throughout the day.
Take Shelter and Prepare for Weather Extremes
Even a voyage through your traditional camping sites can leave you in the midst of unanticipated storms, showers, and hazardous conditions. The most prominent downside of nature is that you while forecasts can foreshadow the weather of a given area, there’s no real way to guarantee a sunny and beautiful conditions day.
Remember to stay hydrated during the summer season and while in areas where humidity and dryness are likely. Health professionals recommend drinking six to eight glasses of water a day, though this number could be higher in hotter and humid conditions. Bundle up during the cold season to avoid hypothermia and always seek shelter when sudden downpours, snow and hail occur.
Make Memories Safely
Remember that camping provides you with a fantastic experience and opportunity to get out and explore the outdoors. With a few basic protection tips in mind, you can transform wilderness exploration into a fun and safe event the whole family will enjoy, too.
Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington