Staying Safe While Camping
Camping is a lot of fun until someone gets hurt.
That’s why following basic safety rules is important for everyone. Don’t do activities that you’re not dressed appropriately for, aren’t physically fit enough for, and don’t have someone to teach you how to do.
– The Type of Animals in the Area— It won’t hurt to familiarize yourself with the type of animals that you may deal with in the wild where you plan to go camping.
If there are bears, snakes, and even scorpions, it’s good to know about them so that you stay safe, including how to spot them and what to do if you encounter these animals.
– The Type of Terrain— Know what type of landscape you’re dealing with so that you can bring the right tools and clothing. If you’re going to be camping on a mountain, wearing flip flops would not be ideal.
– Implementing a Buddy System— One way to keep your older kids safe is not to let them explore anything alone.
Everyone should have a buddy to go to the bathroom with, go swimming with, and do other activities with. This is a good reason to consider allowing friends to tag along.
– Dressing Appropriately— Again, know where you’re going and what you’re going to do so that you can bring the right type of clothing that will keep you safe.
A snake-prone area is not the right place to wear sneakers and shorts.
– Defense-– For defense against wildlife, you take pepper spray as mentioned earlier, but you can also carry a stick when walking to help protect yourself from wild dogs or other creatures if you need to.
Also, choose areas that aren’t known for criminal elements so that you know your family will be safe.
Staying safe while camping is about common sense. Understanding your environment, bringing the right tools and equipment and then staying aware an all times will keep you a lot safer than going in without a plan.
The type of food that you eat while camping is totally dependent upon the type of storage you have for your food. If you have an RV, you can store and prepare meals that aren’t much different from home.
But if you only have access to a cooler, a campfire, and maybe a grill, then everything is different.
– Consider Storage— Can you keep cold food cold and hot food hot?
If not, then you may want to opt for safer raw food ingredients like salad and fruit, along with canned items.
One way to do it is to eat well the first night (something like steak and potatoes cooked over the fire), and then the latter days eat more canned food since food in a cooler will only last as long as you have ice.
– Prep before You Go— However you decide to do it, always prep everything before you go.
Get all the prep for each meal and snack out of the way because it’ll be a lot easier to pack and store this way.
– Think about Where You’ll Be Cooking— Another thing to think about is where you’ll be cooking.
If it’s a hike from your sleeping site due to rules and regulations of the area, consider how you’ll tote everything there and back.
– Bring a Backup— When something can go wrong, it will.
While a campsite might advertise that they have gas for gas grills, what if they’re out and there is no one to call?
– Keep It Light and Easy— No one wants to spend their vacation cooking and cleaning.
An apple and peanut butter sandwich tastes delicious when you’re hungry from having fun.
Last, but not least, don’t forget the marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate.
No camping trip is complete without s’mores.
Remember, it’s all about having fun and providing your family with an experience of togetherness that they will carry with them throughout their lives.
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Fun Activities to Do While Camping
One of the reasons people love camping is the fun activities they do.
What you do on your camping trip depends on the place you go. If you pick a place with planned activities, that is easier.
Activities like pipelining, horseback riding, white water rafting and so forth are all great to do with the experts in charge.
– Take Photos— Don’t forget that this is a great time to practice your photography.
Plus, good pictures of the kids having a good time are always fun to look back at years later.
You can imprint the memory on your brain and in a picture for generations to come.
– Wildlife Watching— Whether it’s bird watching or watching other types of wildlife, you can learn so much when you’re out in the wild.
If you have a good phone that still works out where you’re camping, you can take pictures and use software to identify the animals you’re looking at if you desire to.
– Hiking— If you have mountains nearby, it’s fun to hike up the mountain so that you can take in the cooler weather and views from the top.
It’s exhilarating and fun to do, and good for you. Just make sure you know what you’re doing and dress for the terrain so you don’t fall.
– Swimming— Most camping areas offer some form of swimming opportunity.
Whether it’s a lake or a river, swimming is always fun for most kids and adults. Plus, it lets you cool off and feel refreshed.
– Fishing and Boating— Some people like to catch their dinner, so if you have a boat you have many additional options while you’re camping.
Even if you don’t have a boat, you still may be able to fish for your food. Check licensing requirements before fishing, though.
– Reading a Good Book— When you’re camping, it’s okay to be lazy. You can sit in a chair, or if you have a hammock stand, lie in there while you read a good book.
It’s easier to read a book outside if you wear glasses or use a Kindle Paperwhite.
– Canoeing— If you’re camping near a river, it’s likely that you can also enjoy canoeing.
You may not even need your own canoe. You can often rent them, or you can try rafting, tubing, or even white-water rafting depending on where you are.
– Singing around a Fire— Even if you can’t play guitar, you can use a battery-powered radio or your phone to play music while you’re sitting around the fire enjoying s’mores.
Singing together is always a fun thing to do.
– Ziplining— Many camping site areas have planned activities nearby and one fun thing to do is to go pipelining.
Ziplining allows you to see the view from up top and also get a thrill from going down fast.
– Trail Walking— Many campsites have walkable trails.
Some of them have a history, and others have exercise points where you can stop doing a different exercise. The most fun ones have a mixture of scenery, history, and exercise.
– Climbing— If you don’t know how to climb, sometimes you can pay an expert to teach you.
Often there are experts near camping sites with businesses that do just that.
When you do climb and explore, leave nature as you found it by remembering to remove all equipment.
There are so many things you can do while camping, including just sitting back and relaxing with a good book.
Don’t underestimate good downtime as well as fun planned activities. Don’t overpack your days, because you want to have fun and relax too.
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