Summer is here. What a great feeling! Summer is the busiest time of year for camping as the weather and some extra free time (for some) lends itself the perfect opportunity for some camping. Camping is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just enjoy the company of those around you.
One of the reasons I love camping is that there are so many different ways to go about it. For some, camping means heading out into the woods with nothing but the bare essentials, while for others it means taking every gadget and gizmo on the market. So here are a few tips to take with you on your next camping trip no matter what type of camping you may enjoy.
- Bring a First-Aid Kit
A first-aid kit is essential. However, simply bringing your first-aid kit isn’t enough. You should be familiar with all of the supplies in your first-aid kit and know how to use them (a first-aid kit is useless if you don’t know how to use its contents). Re-stock your first-aid kit after every trip and make sure that nothing has expired.
2. Water Sanitation
There are a variety of water sanitation products on the market that range from a few dollars to upwards of $100. Having sanitized water is essential for staying hydrated as well as for cooking and first-aid. Never drink directly from a water source, many times water may appear safe for drinking but can actually contain parasites such as Giardia and E. coli.
3. Tell Someone Where You are Going
Even if you are going on a short overnight trip, ALWAYS let someone know where you are going and when you will be back. Even the most experienced backcountry travelers practice this.
4. Pack Accordingly
Don’t assume every camping trip is the same. Research the location in which you will be camping and pack accordingly. Does it get cold at night? Do I need a bear container? What is the forecast? What are the other members of my party bringing? These are all important questions to ask yourself when packing for a camping trip.
5. Avoid Sensitive Areas
Avoid sensitive areas such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands and streams. Stay on designated routes. When hiking to your destination be sure not to “spook” any livestock or wildlife.
6. Know the Abilities of Yourself and Your Group
When camping in a group you must consider the abilities of everyone in that group. Sure, you may feel safe crossing the stream, but does everybody else? Looking out for others is just as important as looking out for yourself when camping. If someone gets injured or sick it affects everyone in the group. Encourage people to speak up if they feel uncomfortable.