Camping Safety Tips

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Camping Safety Tips

What could be better than a summertime camping retreat, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life by roughing it in the wild for a few days and getting closer to Mother Nature? But in addition to scenic hikes, gooey s’mores by the campfire and sleeping under a star-studded sky in a sleeping bag, there are the dreaded sunburns, mosquitoes and uncontrolled fires that can accompany them. Keep you and your family safe during your next camping excursion with the following camping safety tips.

General Safety

Although many of the following suggestions may seem obvious, it can often be easy to overlook basic safety measures in the excitement of venturing out on your expedition. Use the following as a guideline while you’re loading up the car for your trip:

  • Pack layers you can add if it gets cold. Even sunny, hot days can dip into chilly temperatures during the night. Add in a blanket for each person in addition to their sleeping bag.
  • Bring a first aid kit. Your kit should be personalized to fit your needs, but some vital items to include are:
  • Band-Aids
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Adhesive tape
  • Sterile compresses
  • Gauze pads
  • Aspirin, ibuprofen, or your chosen method of pain relief
  • Burn ointment
  • Heat/cold packs
  • Tweezers
  • Wear the appropriate safety gear for any activity you’re partaking in (i.e. helmets and lifejackets).
  • Be sure to regularly apply your chosen method of insect repellant. Take a look at our May blog on natural repellants [Link to: Sandhills May blog] if you want to find chemical-free ways to keep the bugs away during your camping trip.
  • Keep your skin safe by regularly slathering on a sunscreen with a SPF rating of at least 15.
  • Never go swimming or hiking alone.

Campfire Safety

What camping trip is complete without a campfire to gather around and tell spooky stories? Abide by these rules to make sure your trip doesn’t go up in flames:

  • Build your fire at least 15 feet away from your tent, shrubs and trees.
  • Never build a fire under low-hanging trees.
  • Put the fire out completely before going to bed or leaving the campsite.
  • Never leave the campfire unattended.
  • Never use gas to start a fire.

Water Safety

While it may be an easily overlooked aspect of an exciting adventure, ensuring you have enough clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing during your camping trip is crucial. The following tips will help you in not only acquiring clean water for your needs, but offer a guideline to guard against dehydration:

  • Never drink water straight from a natural source without treating it first, even if it looks clear. Bring along a portable water purifier if it isn’t possible for you to pack in an adequate supply of water.
  • Water can also be boiled to ensure it’s safe to drink. Bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute (three minutes at high altitudes) to kill all pathogens.
  • Ensure you’re drinking an adequate amount of water while you’re having fun on your trip. The following schedule can help you stay on track:
    • Drink 15-20 ounces of water 1-2 hours before starting strenuous activity.
    • Drink 8-10 ounces about 15 minutes before beginning any activity.
    • During your hike or other activity, drink about 8 ounces of water every 15 minutes.

Food Safety

Nothing ruins a great camping trip like an issue arising with your food supply. The following tips will help you keep you and your nourishment safe:

  • Keep foods in tight, waterproof containers, and make sure coolers stay properly sealed to avoid wildlife getting into your food supply.
  • Never use fuel-burning camp stoves inside a tent, camper or other enclosed area. Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can build up in a very short amount of time.
  • Keep hand sanitizer on hand to use before and after you start cooking and eating. Although there may not be a sink in which to wash your hands for miles, don’t let that important habit fall by the wayside during your outing.

Follow these precautions if you want a memorable camping trip that you’ll look back on fondly for years to come. And remember to visit The Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental for river adventures that are the perfect way to round out a summer outing!