How To Go Camping Safely & EffectivelyWith Spring here and Summer around the corner, the weather is finally nice enough for you to get out and enjoy nature!
Camping is a fun activity. Being in nature can help injuries heal, calm the mind down, and help friends bond.
Being safe will make the experience even more enjoyable and guarantee you return home safely. This guide will give you some practical tips on how to make the most out of your camping experience!
Research the Destination
We'd love to give you a specific guide on your destination, but we can't. Every area in the world is different, and each has its own challenges.
Do your research before you go camping. What type of wildlife will you come across? What types of dangers exist? What will the weather be like?
Prepare for every possible danger, and make sure you know what to do in the event that anything happens. For example, if you're entering an area with bears, you should know how to defend yourself & also avoid bears.
Food, Water, & First-Aid
The rule of thumb is to bring 1.5x more food & water than you think you need. Double is even better.
Many people underestimate the amount of energy camping can take from you. In our cities, we drive, sit, etc. too much, and you may not be prepared for all of the activity that comes with camping.
Even athletes and very fit humans will be more at risk for drinking more water & consuming more food than anticipated. Bring more than you think you'll need.
Should anything happen, the extra food & water will allow you to survive longer as well. You will really appreciate having the supplies if you get lost!
Also bring a first aid kit, and first-aid relevant to the type of environment you will be entering. Many people underestimate how easy it is to get injured in nature. Be safe, and go prepared.
Never Go Alone
If you're with a group, don't stray far from the group. Even if you're within yelling distance, you will want to be in sight at all times.
We are used to even terrains and few obstacles. Nature is the exact opposite. It's too easy to hit your head and get knocked out. Having someone with you will be so important!
Even if you go with a group, someone "on the outside" should know where you're going, what you're doing, and when you're planning on returning.
If they don't hear from you guys within a certain period of time, they will know that something is wrong and can get help sent. Should the group get lost, or disaster strike, someone outside and safe will make sure to send help if you can't request it.
Bring a GPS + Cellular Connection
Research if you will have cellular coverage where you're going. Bring a waterproof case, and extra batteries or charging station so you know you'll have contact w/the outside world should something go wrong.
Many new phones have a built-in GPS system. Even if you don't have cellular connection, you can still pull up the internal map system to find out where you are.
Be in the know for where you are, and how to get back. It is all too easy to get lost in nature without landmarks and signs!
Research Survival Tips
Don't eat fruit from plants unless you're certain that it is safe. Be careful about making a fire, and make sure you know how to put it out safely.
Small things like leaving a small bit of ash on a fire can lead to a forest fire and other issues.
Should you desire to eat random fruits from plants, make sure you know what to do in the event of eating a poisonous fruit. As we mentioned earlier, it's important to know what you're getting into beforehand.
All of this being said, you will probably have a fantastic time. Accidents are not frequent, and common sense will solve most all problems you may come across.
Go prepared, and have a fun adventure!
Thanks for reading :)
-Wildlife X Team International