The spring and summer camping season has arrived! If you’re venturing somewhere outdoorsy, don’t forget to arrive well prepared. Here are 6 tips for staying safe when camping.
- Prep safe food and water.
Pack foods in tight, waterproof bags or containers and store in an insulated cooler. Wash hands and surfaces often. Use hand sanitizer if water is not available. Separate raw foods from cooked foods.
- Pack smart
Be sure to bring protective gear, such as helmets, sturdy shoes, and life jackets. Avoid poisonous plants, like poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. Never hike or swim alone.
- Avoid wild animals.
They might be cute, but many wild animals carry diseases that are dangerous to people. Avoid touching, feeding, and getting near wild animals. Enjoy watching them from a safe distance in their natural surroundings.
- Fight the bug bite.
Mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects can cause certain diseases. To help fight the bite, apply repellent containing DEET to exposed skin. Be sure to follow directions on the package. Check for ticks daily, and remove them promptly. Wear long sleeves, pants, and other light-colored clothing to help prevent and spot ticks more easily.
- Respect the temp.
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Stay hydrated, especially during hot temps. Wear layers of light-weight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing. Rest often in shady areas. Protect yourself from too much sun. And don’t forget sunscreen!
- Be prepared.
Expect for the unexpected. Before you leave, check the weather report, learn about security at your camp location, and tell family and friends your plans. Be sure to bring along a supply kit that includes a first-aid kit, compass, map, flashlight, blankets, batteries, food, water, clothes, and medications.