There’s a reason why people love camping so much. There’s something about being in the great outdoors and unplugging from the world for a few days. And camping is most enjoyable when everyone practices safety. Here are some safety precautions to remember when camping.
Choose Your Campsite Well
Safety starts with where you decide to set up camp. Try to stay in established campsites that require permits. Additionally, you can ask local authorities what areas are safe for camping.
Make sure the site you choose is not downstream or close to the water. If bad weather approaches—such as heavy rainfall or snowfall—you don’t want to be trapped. Stay central and make sure you know the route to the nearest hospital if necessary.
Drive carefully on your way to your campsite. The roads you take might not be paved, and you don’t want to run the risk of getting stuck or damaging your car. Make sure your vehicle can handle the trip, and if you need to rent a better-suited car, don’t hesitate to do so.
You should also consider how the equipment inside and outside the vehicle will affect how you drive. For example, you should look into how fast you can drive with a rooftop tent, as driving fast could be risky if the gear is too heavy. Follow appropriate speed suggestions and ensure all cargo is secured well to your vehicle.
Bring the Essentials
Always bring plenty of food and water! This is especially important in hot and remote areas, such as some parts of the Sierra.
Additionally, you’ll need a proper first aid kit handy. Accidents happen, and you need a first aid kit to handle injuries immediately before getting hospital care.
Watch for Wildlife
Be respectful of wildlife and understand that you’re in their habitat. Avoid making mistakes that will attract wildlife to your site, such as leaving food out. This is one way to wake up with new breakfast guests. If you do encounter wildlife, don’t feed them. Feeding wild animals could mess with their natural behavior.
In addition to not leaving food out, wear insect repellant and long-sleeved shirts and pants to avoid bites. You’ll also need thick and long socks to protect yourself from snake bites. And always stick to the designated trails—they’re there for your safety.
Remember these safety precautions when camping, and your trip is sure to go smoothly. Have fun and be safe!
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