Campers are always needed to be prepared for worst situations as being outside is not that easy. Campers have to use common sense to handle any unpleasant situation. They cannot afford to be careless. To make a camping trip successful and enjoyable, campers need to follow some safety rules and tips. If you are also camper and planning for a new expedition, read the safety tips below first and then act accordingly.
Bring First Aid Kit
Pack a first aid kit in your luggage. Personalize your kit according to your activities, needs and expected situations. A general first aid kit should include:
- Personal medicines
- Cotton swabs
- Antiseptic wipes
- Adhesive tape
- Safety pins
- Bug Repellent
- Bee sting kit
- Splinting materials
- Razor blades
- Triangular bandages
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Antibiotic creams
- Burn ointment
- Eye drops
- Snake bit kit
- Antibacterial soap
Also attend a first aid class so that you may know how to use things in first aid kit.
Do not get Close to Wild Animals
Never try to get close to wild animals. Some may also seem cute and harmless but animals are always unpredictable. Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Animals are often afraid of human beings and they do not get so close but still you should let them come close to you. Some campers also start feeding animals just as a fun. It can also be dangerous as most of injuries occur when you try to feed them. Do not store your food in tent as it may attract animals. Store your food at a place that is out of reach of animals. The best way is to hang food on a tree.
Beware of Snakes
Also watch for snakes, spiders and other crawling creatures. Be careful while walking in grass or bushes. Look around before sitting on ground. Also take care while picking sticks and rocks from ground. Snakes are also afraid of humans but if they feel any danger, they may attack. On seeing a snake in front of you, stay calm and relaxed and try to move away from them slowly.
Don’t Ignore Small Insects
Small insects like bees, ants, mosquitoes and flies are considered harmless but they can also be dangerous. They can not only create discomfort but also cause pain if they bite. Many people also have allergies to bites of such insects. If you are one of them, carry necessary medical supplies with you.
Protect Yourself from Sun
You can suffer from sunburn even after walking in sun for a short time. To protect your skin, apply sunscreen on your body before going out. Your eyes also need protection from UV rays. Wear sunglasses as they will also reduce glare which is produced when sunrays are reflected from water or snow.
Do not Hike Alone
Never go on a hiking trip alone. Always take a friend with you so that both of you may handle some critical situation. Take water, food, flashlight and matches with you on a hiking trip. Do not forget maps and compass either.
Know the Weather Conditions
Do not ignore weather conditions. Weather can change quickly and can become severe. Especially in winter, be prepared for cold temperatures as frostbite and hypothermia are quite common.
Be careful with Stoves and Fuels
Keep gas canisters upright all the time and place them in well-ventilated area. Check for leakages and turn it off when not in use. Do not install or remove gas cylinders near ignition sources. Use a funnel if you need to fill your stove with fuel and make sure that fuel containers are not operated around heat sources.
Practice Campfire Safety
You need to know campfire safety rules as well. Here are some rules:
- Before starting fire, remove all debris and litter.
- Do not use flammable liquids to start fire.
- Build a campfire surrounded by rocks.
- Do not build fire near tent.
- Do not leave fire unattended and extinguish it immediately when you do not need it.