Camping is a great way to disconnect from our busy world and reconnect with the world around us. It acts as a great bonding time for families and friends and the perfect opportunity to explore nature off the beaten path. Unfortunately, some campers are forced to cut the trip short because of injury and illness. Many of those injuries and illnesses are easily preventable if you just follow a few simple camping safety tips.

Come Prepared

You should come prepared for any danger camping may throw at you. Bring plenty of blankets, clean water, food, and wood for the fire. A simple first-aid kit is another essential you can’t forget. Do research to learn more about the area you’re camping in, the local animals, weather conditions, and more so you’re able to plan accordingly.

Sun Safety

Camping typically creates more time in the sun than an average day would. Make sure you bring along a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to prevent sun damage or sunburns. Remember to reapply your sunscreen every two hours during the trip. Long periods of time spent in direct sunlight will require additional protection with sunglasses, hats, and protective clothing.

Safe Activities

Swimming, hiking, and kayaking are just a few of the many camping activities you might enjoy during your trip. None of those activities should be performed alone. Don’t try an activity for the first time on your own. Ideally, you should enlist the guidance of a more experienced outdoorsman. Wear a life jacket any time you’re on the water and never leave children near the water unattended.

Fire Safety

No camping trip would be complete without a cozy campfire! To keep your campfire safe, don’t let it grow too big. Utilize a fire pit or ring to contain the size of the fire. Only burn wood that you purchased at or near the campsite. Wood from other locations could contain pests that aren’t native to the area, creating an infestation as you burn the wood. If you plan to cook over the fire, you should test the internal temperature of all meat to make sure it’s safe for consumption.
If you’re new to camping, try to find a campground with staff readily available to help. Ask plenty of questions and stay safe to the help that’s available in case you need it. Once you become a more experienced camper, you’ll be ready to go off the beaten path for an even more unique experience!