When you get back to work after a weekend, sit for hours in front of the screen, and talk about work with your colleagues, or discuss domestic chores with your partner — that’s when and why you cry for help and pack your bags for some time away from the hassles of life.
That’s also when you want to break free from routine and enjoy nature, somehow untouched by the troubles of humanity and civilization. Camping is fun, no doubt. But camping responsibly and being environmentally alert is wise. There can be threats you might have to face in the process, like campfires, wild animals, lack of food or water, etc.
So read below for certain tips to prevent hazards during camping.
- Choose a safe camping ground
You have successfully driven to your camping location. The campground is beautiful, but it might not be as beautiful tomorrow when a branch falls on your tent when you’re out enjoying your breakfast. It doesn’t just ruin your mood, but also everything kept inside your tent.
Avoid pitching your tent around big trees!
Also, avoid overly bushy areas to keep away from snakes, insects and wild animals. Always keep a lock knife handy to ward them off.
If travelling with children, make sure that you set up your camp away from the water bodies and campfire to avoid any accidents.
- Keep first aid handy
If camping in a bushy location, beware of snakes and insects, and always carry your first aid kit for immediate help.
The basic first aid kit should be enough when going for a bushwalk. Throw in some necessary first aid supplies in your backpack to patch the cuts you might get on the trail. To prevent excessive blood loss, always carry bandages and cotton.
- Know your location
It is always advisable to know where you’re camping. You can keep maps or GPS devices handy to avoid getting lost and stay up to date about where help is available.
Try to look at your network’s coverage map for finding nearby areas where there is proper network coverage, or at least enough network to make an emergency phone call if you need to.
Know where the local hospital is and how to get there as soon as possible.
- Be aware of the weather and surrounding wildlife
Pack according to the weather. Be aware of the day-time and night-time temperatures and pack for both sunny days and frosty nights. Keep sunglasses, hats and sunscreen handy during the day and jackets and socks at night.
Beware of the wildlife and insects like mosquitoes and ticks as those can give you rashes and, in rare cases, a disease. Don’t leave open water around your campsite as they can attract thirsty insects.
Snakes are a common occurrence during warmer months and they do not attack unless provoked.
Do not feed wild animals as it can change their natural behaviour and they can become aggressive for food. Human food can also be difficult to digest for them and lead to illness.
Make sure that you stick to speed limits and keep an eye on the roadsides when driving in a forest area. Look out for any wild animals jumping out in the front or trying to cross the road.
While driving through a forest area, you may want to pull over and take a picture of the sublime views. Just make sure that you stop only when it’s safe to do so.