There’s nothing quite like camping in the great outdoors. It gives people a chance to be at one with nature, take in some spectacular scenery, explore new destinations and either get away alone or with family and friends. And now that the 2023 spring and summer camping season has arrived you can expect a lot of people to have the same idea, heading to their favorite campsites, both rugged and modern, kicking back and relaxing. With that said, this is also the perfect time to brush up on safety tips.
Here’s a look at five safety tips for campers to use that ensure the fun never overtakes safety.
Be mindful when it comes to your gear
Packing for a camping trip can be a bit overwhelming for beginners as there is a lot to consider. There is the practical side of things, but also gear that serves a safety purpose.
Your shelter is arguably the most important item you’ll bring, so be mindful when choosing the right tent. It needs to be large enough to accommodate you and your camping partners, but also keep you protected from the elements. Weather such as heavy rain, wind and even cold temperatures can do a real number on a tent if you haven’t purchased the right type.
Other important gear to pack includes camping lights, a camping stove or cooktop and something to start/light a fire.
Brush up on fire safety tips
And speaking of starting a fire, campfires are one of those traditional things that you’ll probably start at some point or another. This is an excellent time to brush up on fire safety tips so that you and everyone else are kept safe. These are some of the dos and don’ts:
- Let the fire burn completely before leaving it unattended.
- Don’t fall asleep while the fire is still burning.
- Don’t light a fire if it’s very windy.
- Check to see if there are any fire bans in the area.
- Be sure to keep all flammable items away from the fire.
- Sit back from the fire in case embers jump.
- Keep small children and pets far from the fire.
- Use a fire pit if possible.
Pack a first aid safety kit
Even when you follow all the most important safety tips, accidents and mishaps can still occur. This is why it’s so important to go prepared and have a first aid safety kit on-hand. You can purchase pre-made kits or make one. Making one tends to be a little more cost-effective and then you can customize what goes in the kit. Try looking up sample first aid safety kits online to get an idea of what to pack.
Practice gun safety tips
Many people choose to bring a gun with them when camping, whether for hunting, self-defense, safety and/or security. If that’s the case, you need to be sure to follow all the carrying, handling and storage (at the campsite) rules of the state, as well as common sense practices. Be sure to also stock up on the most popular caliber ammo for your gun so you’re well-prepared for your camping excursion.
Leave your plans with a close family member or friend
Just as you would with any holiday, it is also smart to leave behind your camping itinerary and plans with a close family member or friend. This information should include where you plan on camping, how long you’ll be gone, the route you will take to get there and back, and how to best reach you.
Using all of these tips, along with practicing caution and good judgement, will ensure that your camping trip is a huge success, and more importantly extremely safe.