How To Camp Safely – 8 Things You Should Know

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Article Author: Harsh Paul from www.deepbluemountain.com

Staying safe while camping is a top priority. Most people assume this safety to be dependent on risks like animal attacks. True, that one is a concern, but the real danger is much more mundane.

The threat to your safety might come from being poorly prepared for your trip outdoors. It’s not bears you should worry about, it’s basic safety and preparedness. Here are some tips for better safety while camping

1. Practice Campfire Safety

Who doesn’t enjoy a good campfire while in the outdoors? A majority of campsites offer fire pits or similar amenities to get the campfire going. Whether it’s a campsite with a fire pit, or if you’re making your own campfire, keep safety first.

The fire should be a safe distance away from your tent and other belongings. Also, keep it away from bushes, trees, and any other potentially flammable item. No fire should be left unattended and make it a point to always have a bucket of water at hand.

2. Know The Weather And Temperature

Being prepared for the weather is the way to safety. It’s not just extreme conditions that a camper should worry about. Even small changes in weather can greatly influence a campsite and campers.

A small drizzle after a pleasant day can bring on a cold night. Knowing tricks to keep warm and how to insulate your tent could very well be lifesavers. The gear and camping experience shouldn’t just be about the expected weather and temperature. Give equal attention to potential swings in temperature.

If your campsite has the potential to go very cold, make sure you have a suitable sleeping bag and clothing. Remember, whether it’s the rain, cold, or any other weather situation, it’s always better to be over-prepared than being under-prepared.

3. Choosing The Right Tent, Shelter, And Spot

The choice of a camping location should keep your safety in mind. Considerations for your age, experience, and camping preference are important. Amenities will vary depending on whether you’re getting a cabin or taking along an RV or tent. So, plan your gear to your convenience and choice of shelter.

Amenities available at the campground should also be considered. When you pitch a tent, look around to make sure it is the right spot. Ideally, you want it at a place that has at least some protection from wind. Shaded locations might be better, but choose a spot that will stay out of water drainage in case of rain.

Since you’re in the great outdoors, look around to see that the campsite is safe. Take a look at the surroundings to check for telltale problem signs.

If you see any wasp nest, hive, or similar spots, it’s obviously not the place to set up camp. Check for poisonous plants like poison ivy or poison sumac. Also steer clear of locations with berries, animals like bears might use the spot to forage.

4. Prepare Your Food And Water

Carry generous food and water supply along for your trip. Again, being over-prepared is better than being under-prepared. Staying hydrated is very important and you will need water for food as well. Make sure you have enough!

It might be necessary to carry a water-filtration system so potable water supply is available. Similarly, don’t keep food with the view of rationing enough to last the trip. Carry extra to account for any mishaps.

Proper storage of food and water is necessary. Your tent should not have any food crumbs or waste on the floor. That’s just an invitation to critters. Rodents might even chew through the tent to get that tiny crumb off the floor. Carry along bear canisters or similar protective gear, and where possible, keep the food out of the tent at a safe location away from animals.

5. Safety From Insects

Staying safe from insects is a necessity. Carry along an insect repellent that doesn’t dissolve in water easily. Spray the tent walls, mesh windows, etc. to keep mosquitoes and other critters out. You may even consider getting a mosquito net to sleep comfortably.

The other problem is ticks. Check your body and clothes regularly to ensure there are no ticks – don’t spare a single spot. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants can offer some protection. However, it’s always better that you check your body as well. Light-colored clothing can be pretty useful in spotting ticks more quickly.

6. Stay Protected From The Sun

Protection from heatstroke, sunstroke, sunburns, or just regular UV-ray protection. Ensure you are ready and prepared to deal with the sun. Carry along a quality sunscreen to keep you protected from the sun’s rays. This applies even if you’re camping somewhere cold. Doubly so, if there’s snow.

7. Have A First Aid Kit And Medical Necessities

Always keep a first aid kit with you and keep it handy. This kit should include things like bandages and necessary medication. If you or someone in your group have medications prescribed for them, make it a point to put them in the first aid kit.

It is fruitful to treat your vacation as more than a simple outing, especially if you plan to spend several days. Similarly, if you’re traveling a long distance, treat it like you would plan a responsible vacation. Camping insurance can help deal with the financial strain of health or other problems occurring during a camping trip.

8. Don’t Forget Technology

Modern life is intricately connected and very dependent on technology. Camping is a good place to give our technology addiction a rest and stay away from mobile phones and tablets. However, technology as a tool for camping safety should not be ignored.

Don’t completely quit your phone and other gadgets. Services like maps, GPS, etc. can be lifesavers in several situations. For some more exquisite locations, consider more specific locations like GPS pointers, GPS beacons, satellite phones, etc. These things can be a lifesaver especially in circumstances where the campers are lost or cannot be contacted.

Remember the classic and age-old techniques as well. Learning to read a topographic map is extremely useful. They’re easily available and often have more information than what a GPS can deliver. Similarly, someone who’s not with you on the trip should know your schedule and expect contact from you. If this person doesn’t hear from you, they should be prepared to call authorities for help.

 

This article has been provided by Harsh Paul

My name is Harsh Paul. I am an enthusiastic blogger writer at deepbluemountain.com and my main field of writing is camping & hiking. This lifestyle inspires me to write articles about it with great enjoyment.

Summer Fun Pool Safety Tips

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A mother and father having fun on vacation playing with their children on their shoulders in a swimming poolWater Safety 101: Tips for an Enjoyable Summer Pool Season

Finally! It’s time to open the pool and get ready for the glorious summer season. But, having your own backyard oasis does come with some responsibilities. Here are some great tips to keep you, your family, and your friends safe around your swimming area this summer.

Hydration

A general statistic is that nearly 75% of Americans are dehydrated on a regular basis. Add in the heat of the sun around swimming pools and the activity associated with it, you’ll need even more hydration. Always make sure there are plenty of beverages available.

Children

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, drowning in open waters and pools ranks in the top three for leading causes of death with children aged up to 19. Drowning is the number one cause of death for children aged one to four. There’s no such thing as being too cautious when it comes to keeping children safe around pools.

  • Adult supervision is vital anytime children are swimming, regardless of how well they can swim.
  • It’s a good idea to have plenty of rafts and inflatables for the little ones that like to float.
  • Kids like to experiment, and think that they’re invincible. You might have to remind them to use diving boards and slides only for their intended purpose.
  • You could get your own certification for CPR. It could give you some peace of mind knowing you might be able to do something if the unthinkable happened.

Chemicals

You already know how important it is to keep the chemicals in the pool balanced. Not only does it keep it looking beautiful, it also keeps it safe from algae and other contaminants. Since it might not be safe to swim in after adding certain chemicals, you’ll always want to make sure that anyone using it is aware of the chemical schedule.

Sunscreen

Anytime that you are exposing your skin to direct sunlight, it’s a good idea to use sunscreen. Of course, it’s a pain to keep applying it. But, it’s protecting your skin from all sorts of damage from harmful UV rays, including cancer. And, you even need to be more vigilant with sunscreen around pools since the water will reflect the sun, making the UV rays that much stronger.

Running

This is another big nonnegotiable. It doesn’t matter what the surface of the deck is made of. Once it gets wet, it will be slippery. Running on a slippery deck is just an accident waiting to happen. And, the resulting fall can be life threatening, depending on the circumstances. Just make it a rule. No running! And, enforce it.

Glass

The problem with glass around swimming pools is that if it breaks and falls underwater, it’s practically invisible, creating a cutting hazard for anyone swimming. One broken glass on the pool’s deck could cause it to have to be drained to make sure there aren’t any pieces hiding on the bottom.

No Solo Swimming

Not only should you never swim alone, but you also make sure that nobody else does either. There are just too many things that can happen in a swimming pool. And, if you are alone, there’s no one to help. It’s not something that you really want to think about.

Protect Yourself From Liabilities

The safety of your property is your responsibility. Unfortunately, accidents can happen. And, if someone is injured while they’re on your property, you could be held financially responsible.

It’s also the insurance companies who usually initiate litigation, trying to recoup any expenses they covered due to the accident. Being able to prove that you have water safety rules in place could help you in the event of any lawsuits.

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