Camping Safety And Survival
A camping trip is a popular way to enjoy your time away from work and the pressures of modern day life. It gives you the chance to get away from it all. If you are properly prepared and practice good camping safety techniques you are going to have an enjoyable time as you explore the great outdoors with friends and family. If you are going to go away from organized campgrounds and go backpacking it is also advisable to learn some camping survival techniques too.
Here are some camping safety and survival tips to get you started:
Planning and Preparation
Planning and preparing for your camping trip in advance is an important step not only for reducing stress but also for safety. In this way you can make sure you know your route, where you are going to stay, travel times and the camping gear you need to take with you. This will help you know what you need for the trip. This is all the more important if you are backpacking and staying away from an organized campground. Also make sure to inform someone of your plan and when you expect to be back, so they can raise the alarm if you aren’t back as planned.
When building a campfire construct a fire ring using rocks to contain the fire. Clear the ground of debris and build it away from over hanging branches. Never leave it unattended and closely supervise children. When you have finished with the fire make sure to completely extinguish it. Have a bucket of water or sand, a shovel or a fire extinguisher on hand to put the fire out quickly if you need to.
The easiest way to start a fire is using matches or a lighter. To be sure you can use the matches either keep the matches in a waterproof container or bring along some waterproof matches. Don’t start your fire near inflammable materials like tents. Keep your gas canisters away from fires and naked flames.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is important for dealing with cuts and scrapes and other maladies. It is important to have a properly stocked first aid kit in a waterproof container. For beginner, buying a fully made up first aid kit can be the most effective way to ensure you have everything you need. It is also important to know how to use the first aid kit and there are books and even better courses that can be taken that will provide all the information you need to provide first aid. Although not a first aid item, a fully charged cell phone can be an important safety device to allow you to contact rescue services if you need their help.
Water can provide some of the best opportunities for fun. But you need to be careful around it. Understand the restrictions on swimming and other activities where you are camping. Keep a watch on children at all times as accidents can happen in a matter of seconds.
You are going to need to have plenty of clean drinking water while you are camping. Don’t make the assumption that any water you come across is safe. Once you have drunk the water, it is too late to find it is contaminated. so, make sure you have enough water with you or a safe supply (like at an organized camping ground) to stay well hydrated. If you are going to need to drink from a natural source use a water purification system.
The weather can play a big part in the success of a camping trip. You need to know what is going on with the weather and the environment. It can change around very quickly. In this way you should be able to prevent by being able to act to mistakenly getting caught up in hazardous conditions such as storms, forest fires, floods etc.
Store your food a way from your tent. If you have a car store it in the car and keep your cooler hidden as animals know what is inside them. If in bear country use bear canisters. You don’t want any unwelcome guests visiting you looking for food.
Food can go off quickly when it is not kept cold. So keep the ice in your cooler topped up to prevent it spoiling and suffering food poisoning.
These 7 camping safety tips will help you to get started. More will be added over time along with camp survival tips including things like starting a fire without matches, using nature to navigate, what to do if you get lost, hypothermia prevention tips and so on. Fortunately, it unlikely that something will go wrong, but by being properly prepared you will be able to cope with any situation that comes along and can enjoy your time without worrying about what could go wrong.