Camping Safety: 5 things every camper should know

by Dennis Kim

Camping is one of the best summer activities you can do. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors while spending time with your family, friends or pets. However, if you’re not prepared or you’re new to camping, things can go awry if you’re not prepared.

When it comes to camping or any outdoor activity, safety should always be top of mind. In this article, you will find 5 things every camper should know about camping safety. Next time you decide to go on a camping adventure, keep these tips in mind.

Be aware of campfire safety

Many people can agree that campfires are the foundation for a good camping trip. You can roast marshmallows, cook comfort food and enjoy everyone’s company around the fire. If you’re in a campground that allows fires, there are a few things to remember. Make sure your tent and camping gear are at least 15 feet away, as they could get hit by sparks. It’s also recommended you avoid starting any campfires around shrubs and trees, especially during the hotter seasons. Make sure to keep a water bucket close by and before leaving the campsite, double-check that all the embers are out. This ensures you prevent a forest fire.

Wear sunscreen

This one may seem obvious, but even though people know about sunscreen, they neglect to use it. Even if it’s cloudy outside, the sun’s rays can still cause sun damage to your skin. That’s why it’s important to wear sunscreen, especially when the UV index is 3 or higher. If you check your local weather network or weather app, it should tell you the UV index report. Lastly, make sure to purchase sunscreen that’s 30 or higher and reapply your sunscreen throughout the day.

Pack for an emergency

When packing for a camping trip, make sure you have plenty of food and water to get you through whatever activities you’re doing. A few other important items include:

Travel first aid kit for medical emergency situations

• Flashlight/headlamp

• Whistle

• Extra batteries

• Pocket knife

• Extra phone charger/map

• Make a first-aid checklist

You can even take the safety a step further and take a CPR and online first aid course so you’ll always be prepared. This can also be helpful the more technical your camping and hiking become.

Watch for wildlife

Coming across animals can be exciting when you’re camping, but they can also be unpredictable. When it comes to wildlife and camping, always make sure your food is secure and far away from your tent. The smell of food often attracts animals and if it’s close to your tent, it can put you in a vulnerable position. If you’re backcountry camping or hiking, you can also keep a bear bell on you so wildlife is aware of your presence.

Bring your bug spray

Bugs are unavoidable no matter what activity you’re doing outside. For camping, make sure to pack bug spray to keep yourself safe from ticks and mosquitos. A few things that help get rid of mosquitos are campfire smoke, wearing lighter clothes, camping in dryer climates and sporting closed-toe shoes. After each trip, make sure to check for ticks (especially behind the legs, armpits and scalp).

Closing thoughts

No matter where you’re getting out to camp this summer, these safety tips will ensure everyone has a fun time. Be sure to check these 5 tips before going on your next trip!