Camping and exploring is a fantastic, life-changing experience that millions of people have come to know and love. However, as they enjoy their adventures through the outdoors, it is vital that all campers practice good safety measures in order to ensure their well-being. The following safety tips will help campers to have an exciting outdoor experience while still maintaining their good health and security.
TIP NUMBER ONE: COME PREPARED
No camper should ever leave home without the proper supplies needed for outdoor exploring. First and foremost, all campers should bring a large first aid kit with them. In this respect, you should never pack lightly, as campers need to be prepared for any emergency or disaster. First aid kits should include bandages, personal medications, twine, road flares, scissors, water, blankets, an ice pack, a snake bite kit, and anything else that might pertain to your personal requirements or hazards posed by the specific area that he or she is camping in. It is highly recommended to camp with someone who has taken a first aid or CPR class.
Other supplies are necessary to ensure a safe camping experience as well. Campers should always bring an ample food supply and plenty of water. It is a good idea to bring a small water filtration system as well, in case the supply of water runs out. Campers should make sure that they bring appropriate supplies for impending weather (for instance, never camp in the wintertime without specially designed sleeping bags to keep all the campers safe and warm). Although many campers and explorers prefer to pack as little as possible to make travel easier, insufficient supplies can pose a dangerous threat on a camping trip.
TIP NUMBER TWO: RESPECT THE WILDLIFE
Outdoor enthusiasts are oftentimes eager to get up close and personal with Mother Nature. This is fantastic, and there is no better way to enrich your mind and soul than by observing the inner workings of the great outdoors. However, campers must keep in mind that the world of wild animals is very different from that of modern human society. Campers should not hesitate to appreciate nature in all its beauty, but they must be respectful of it as well.
Never approach wild animals. No matter how cute, innocent, or harmless they might seem, these animals can potentially carry dangerous diseases, or can attract a more dangerous animal to the scene. For instance, when you spot a baby bear cub sitting amongst the trees, the ferocious mother bear usually is not too far away. Wild animals are best appreciated at a distance.
Additionally, you should never feed wild animals or leave out food that they could possibly access. Human food is generally not healthy for wild animals to eat. Feeding wild animals also attracts them to your base camp, attracting potential danger to the campers’ safe haven.
TIP NUMBER THREE: USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM
It is hazardous for even the most experienced campers to camp alone. You never know when an accident might occur, and it is always important that you have a buddy to help you through tough times or emergencies. Having a second camper to administer first aid or call for help can potentially save lives. Also, campers should never leave home without telling somebody where they are going and how long they expect to be gone. This will alert someone of your absence if something were to go wrong. If you are camping with children, never let them go exploring without an adult at their side.
TIP NUMBER FOUR: PRACTICE GOOD FIRE SAFETY
It is charming to sit around a warm and toasty campfire, roasting marshmallows and singing campfire songs. However, man-made fires can be devastating to natural wildlife when they are not tended to properly. For both the campers’ safety and the safety of forest life, fires must be tended carefully and regularly.
The area where you build your fire should be cleared of stray leaves, branches, and other debris. The pit must be surrounded by rocks to form a fireproof barrier, and there should be no trees or other objects hanging overhead. You should keep a bucket of water next to the fire and build it only as big as is necessary. The fire should be watched at all times.