Wednesday July 4, 2018
Sleeping under the stars is not always as romantic as it sounds. Before exploring the great outdoors, consider this blog a refresher course in campsite safety.
Weather and gear:
Verify the weather forecast ahead of time. Weather conditions like thunderstorms and snow can be very dangerous (and uncomfortable!) when unprepared. Pack appropriate gear. In addition to your tent, make sure you have warm clothing, proper sleeping bags, lanterns, fuel, matches, a hatchet, first aid kit, compass, a shovel ect.
Setting up camp:
Tell someone else of your plans. If anything goes awry someone will know your approximate location to coordinate a rescue. Arrive before nightfall. Setting up camp in the dark can be complicated and dangerous since you did not have the opportunity explore immediate surroundings for potential hazards.
Be alert and aware of your surroundings. In most cases, wild animals are more afraid of you than you are of them and will stay away. If any wildlife make their way into your camp do not attempt to feed them. Wild animals are not domesticated, and most injuries occur when people try to give wildlife food. To minimize the chances of this happening, keep food and trash safely stored away or hang it from a tree. Most importantly, do not keep food in your tent.
Insects and pests:
Insects such as bees, ants, ticks, mosquitoes, flies etc should not be taken causally. Not only can insects be annoying but they can cause pain, discomfort, and carry diseases.
Did you know? Most insects don't like the taste of Noni or Noni lotion. Ingesting the Noni Fruit Leather and applying the Noni Lotion can increase your chances of not being dinner to a mosquito.
Hiking, fishing, and swimming is a great way to stay active, but it increases your chance of suffering from dehydration. Keep ample water with you at all times. Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats. You can get sunburn in a very short period of time even on overcast days. Wearing sunglasses protect your eyes from the strong ultraviolet rays of the sun and reduce glare from off the water.
Fire and cooking safety:
Be very careful with gas canisters. Keep such canisters upright at all times and turn off when not in use. Never install or remove propane cylinders while stove is lit, near flames, or other ignition sources or while stove is hot to the touch.
Campfire songs anyone? Clear area of all debris and avoid areas with low overhanging branches. Be aware which way the wind is blowing, and keep chairs, linens, and tents a safe distance from the direction smoke and embers are going to travel. Make sure the fire is completely put out before going to bed.
Taking the time to organize and plan will make your time in the great outdoors more enjoyable.
Don't forget to do your part and minimize your carbon-footprint. One way you can help is to leave the campsite with everything you came with (especially trash). Also, feel free bring along an extra trash bag (or two) to collect any litter left behind by less-considerate campers. Together we can make the earth an enjoyable place for everyone.