Heading out on a camping holiday? Camping is a great way to get in touch with nature, explore your adventurous side, and just sit back and forget about life for a while. But in keeping your camping trip as peaceful and relaxing as possible, there are a few tips and tricks that you should take along with you. Here is some of our “stay safe” advice for campers:
• Bring a compass.
Venturing into the woods is an essential part of camping, but you should never do so without the help of a compass. Even the most advanced campers and hunters can lose their sense of direction in the woods. So if you’re heading into unfamiliar territory, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
▪ Bring plenty of water.
While camping you will be exposed to plenty of sun. And if you are like most campers, you will be doing plenty of walking and physical activities. Keep hydrated. Drinking lots of water can help to prevent sickness, headaches, nausea, and muscle cramping. Oh, and speaking of spending time in the sun, bring lots of sunscreen too!
▪ Other things that you should bring along with you on your camping holiday?
⁃ Toilet paper (because nobody wants to run out of that!)
⁃ Bug spray
⁃ A flashlight
⁃ And of course, marshmallows and chocolate for Smores!
• Familiarize yourself with poisonous plants
When you’re out camping, we encourage you to embrace nature. But, make sure that the nature you are embracing will embrace you back. Forests are filled with poisonous plants like Poison Oak, Poison Ivy, and Poison Sumac (to name just a few). So be sure you know what they look like before touching any unfamiliar plants.
• Learn about tics – Do you know what to do if a tic leaches onto you? Most people don’t. And unfortunately, poisonous plants aren’t the only things that can harm you in the forest. Tics are all over, and can sometimes be difficult to avoid. So again, educate yourself. Before heading out on your camping holiday, learn what tics look like, what you can do to avoid them, and what you should do if you have one on your skin. And take this recipe with you – 1 part tea tree oil to 2 parts water – this can act as a natural tick deterrent.
• Never store your food in your tent – When camping, it is advised that you never keep food in your tent. Not only will it attract insects and rodents, but if you’re in the middle of bear country you could be putting yourself in danger. How much danger? A bear can smell so well that they can detect a dead carcass from over 20 miles away! We don’t know if they can smell food just as well, but we also don’t want to be the ones to find out – so let’ assume they can! So where can you keep your food? We recommend hanging it high above the ground, or investing in a bear-proof container and storing it a considerable distance from your tent.
• Keep fire away from your tent – Enjoying a campfire is an essential part of any camping holiday. But remember to keep the fire away from your tent. Even the tamest of fires can emit sparks or shoot ash. And it only takes one spark to set your tent aflame. Keep the two far enough apart that this isn’t a concern, and remember to put your fire out before bed.
Camping holidays are fun and a great way to escape the ordinary. But like anything else in life, there are potential hazards. Keep yourself safe by bringing the proper protection and following the tips we provided above.