Whether you choose to tent camp, backpack or stay overnight in an RV, there are a few guidelines that all campers should follow to stay safe. Prevent common camping accidents, such as dehydration and freezing, by following these guidelines.
Carry Emergency Supplies
A first aid kit should be readily available at the campsite and always taken on hikes. A back-up flashlight, extra clothes, bottled water and emergency rations are important provisions to pack. Backpackers and hikers should take a compass and never set off alone, according to the website Love the Outdoors.
Prevent encounters with wild animals by securing all food or trash. Be aware of the types of harmful mammals, snakes, spiders and insects that inhabit the camping area and take precautions to avoid them.
Always extinguish campfires after use. Mix water and soil into the fire until all ashes are cold to the touch. Never burn candles or lanterns inside tents or RVs; in addition to the risk of fire, their poisonous carbon monoxide emissions are hazardous, notes Love the Outdoors.
Article Written By Sarah Shelton
Based in Oregon, Sarah Shelton has worked as a freelance writer since 2008. She enjoys covering travel, home and garden, and automotive topics. Her articles have appeared nationwide with Internet Broadcasting, Adventure Travel and Real Estate Experts. With a major in biology, Shelton received her Bachelor of Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.