Always plan ahead. Make a detailed plan of your route, and always inform at least two people of your destination and when you'll return.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fire pits surrounded by rocks or a metal ring are safest. To prevent wildfires, clear at least a 5-foot area surrounding the campfire.
To avoid food-related illness, follow the Partnership for Food Safety's food handling guidelines. Cook food to the proper temperature, and wash your hands and preparation surfaces frequently.
Outdoor sports such as caving, climbing, and rappelling require specialized knowledge and training. Don't try these sports if you don't have a qualified guide or instructor with you.
Know basic first aid, and bring at least one CPR-certified person. Assemble a first aid kit using the Red Cross's checklist (see Resources below).
Article Written By Myrrh Hector
Based in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Myrrh Hector has been a professional writer since 2007. Her work has appeared on Helpful Mother and other websites. Hector studied English at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and specializes in outdoor and health-related articles.