Camping safety tips are an essential part of camping. Since it is almost the height of camping season I am putting forth these suggestions to keep my fellow campers safe.
This is a family activity that we have done since my childhood. This brief article will help to serve as a reminder for common campsite reminders.
Campfires are the number one safety factor in most campsites. Make sure all fires are out before going to sleep or leaving the campsite. There are several ways of putting a camp fire out I think the easiest way to accomplish this is to smother the fire with a shovel load of dirt. Of course, one may use a bucket of water or a cooler of melted ice to soak a fire putting it out.
Clear the immediate area of large stones and other obstacles so that after dark no one is falling over these items. Remember to refill those holes with dirt so that no one trips into the holes.
Scout out the immediate area for environmental hazards. If there is poison ivy or poison oak in the vicinity make, sure you know where it is to avoid stumbling on it accidentally.
Avoid setting up camp near large piles of rocks or fallen trees, as these are prime places for snakes to gather. While some snakes will slither away when frightened, some will defend their home environment.
As pretty and peaceful as a gully or glen is during a non-rainy season, be alert for flash floods. Gullies will fill quickly with water and may cause a disaster you do not want to be any part of.
Keep food place in coolers or large plastic bins to prevent the wild animals from smelling these odors. They will come scavenging for food, and who wants a wild raccoon loose in the campsite, or worse yet a big black bear.
Clean of tabletops of food crumbs as well, and do not forget to wash the faces of little kids, as this will call ants to feast on them along with other unwelcome visitors.
Take a commercially brand of first aid kit on vacation you but also make sure also take things which may come in handy such as an ace bandage, a tactical flashlight, flashlight for kids, baking soda for bed stings, Neosporin for cuts and scrapes. FYI a paste of baking soda and water will take the pain out of a bee sting and reduce swelling.
Also Read: Tips for Camping with Children