Camping Safety

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Always be sensible when you take part in outdoor activities and always prepare for the that which you do not expect. You shouldn’t take risks that can be harmful or be careless in your actions. Think before acting and learn how to administer basic CPR and first aid.

 

Basic First Aid Kit

Following is a list of some suggested products and supplies you might need in the case where you will have to administer first aid. Your first aid kit should be personalized according to your needs, the activities you will partake in and the situations you might find yourself in. You also have to consider how much of each item you will need based on your own needs.

•    Personal medications
•    Roll bandages
•    Adhesive tape
•    Antiseptic wipes
•    Sterile gauze pads
•    Cotton swabs
•    Tweezers
•    Safety pins
•    Scissors
•    Bee sting kit
•    Sinus medications
•    Tissues
•    Bug repellent
•    Sunscreen
•    Notepad/pen
•    Sterile compresses
•    Splinting materials
•    Personal information/contact person
•    Feminine products
•    Ipecac
•    Razor blades
•    Plastic bags
•    Small bottle of water
•    Blanket
•    Other personal needs
•    Small mirror
•    Triangular bandages
•    Misc. Band Aides/bandages
•    Anti-acids (Tums, Rolaides)
•    Antibiotic cream
•    Aspirin/Ibuprofen/Tylenol/Naproxin
•    Hydrogen Peroxide
•    Ace bandages
•    Sunburn lotion
•    Burn ointment
•    Snake bit kit
•    Eye drops
•    Poison ivy cream/cleansers
•    Heat/cold packs
•    Small flashlight
•    Latex gloves
•    Antibacterial soap
•    Thermometer
•    Coins for emergency phone calls
•    Antibiotic soap
•    Butterfly bandages
•    Twine
•    Mole skin for blisters
•    Road flares
•    First aid manual
•    Nail clippers

 

•    It is always beneficial to stay up to date on the latest CPR and First Aid classes
•    Make sure all the supplies are well labelled and stored in a waterproof container
•    Keep your first aid kit organized so you don’t have to scramble to find what you need
•    Make sure you know how every item in your kit is used
•    Always make sure to re-supply when you inspect your kit and find something is emply/finished
•    Always have your kit and supplies close by

 

 

  • You should never, under any circumstances approach wild animals, even if they look harmless. Wild animals tend to be unpredictable and very territorial. Animals tend to be more scared of us, than we are of them and for that matter they are very protective. Do not feed the animals! Store your food safely away, not in your tent.
  • Be aware of your surrounding, watch where you step and look out for snakes, small animals and spiders. Do not pick up sticks and rocks without looking at the surroundings as most snakes tend to hide between them. If you do come across a snake, stay calm and slowly move away.
  • Even smaller insects such as bees or ants shouldn’t be taken lightly. These small creatures can be very dangerous when provoked and even more so when you are allergic to them. Remember to always be aware of your surroundings and keep the necessary medications in your kit for allergies as well.
  • Even when it is cloudy you must still wear sunglasses, a hat and especially sunscreen to protect you from sun burn. Keep your eyes protected from ultraviolet rays.
  • Always make sure you tell someone where you are going, keep hydrated, and take plenty of snack when hiking. Don’t forget to take a flashlight, a compass and if you have one available to you, a trail map. Never go hiking in bad weather.
  • Make sure you have a water purification system in case you need to drink water from a natural source such as a river or stream.
  • Never let your children out of sight. A good idea is to put a whistle around their necks in case of an emergency. Establish a meeting point and keep a picture of them with you in case they get lost.
  • Being able to swim is always beneficial as it can be very easy to slip around water. Watch your footing at all times and especially your children and their movements.
  • Weather conditions can be very unstable and change quickly. Prepare yourself to be able to act fast in case the weather changes severely. Frostbite and hypothermia can be very dangerous and deadly.
  • When using gas, the canisters should always be kept upright, in a well ventilated area and have no leakages. Turn the canister off when you are not using it and never leave it beside an open flame or any other ignition source.
  • Always use a funnel to fill up a tank and avoid spillage
  • Never store canisters around another heat source such as an open flame, the stove should only be used in an open and well ventilated area and never inside your tent.
  • To avoid food poisoning you should keep your food cold at all times, make sure you have enough ice to aid in keeping food cold.

 

 

Practice good fire safety.

  • Avoid areas with overhanging branches and always clean away any debris firs
  • A fire ring made from rock should be constructed around your fire
  • Always keep a shovel, and a bucket of water nearby to extinguish a fire in case of an emergency
  • Build your fire as far away from your tent as possible
  • Flammable fluids should be avoided to start a fire with
  • You should never leave your fire unattended
  • Your fire should only be as big as you need it
  • Make sure your fire is completely extinguished before you leave
  • All camping grounds have security policies, make sure you know these policies and adhere to them
  • If you take your animal with you camping, always supervise your dog around other people and other animals.

 

Another good read regarding campfires is this article called Campfire Basics. When Camping Safety is involved it is always better to have as much information and to be as safe as possible before you go on your trip. Nothing spoils a good camping trip as much as some one getting hurt when it can be prevented.

We also have a great article called Camping Tips which covers a whole range of aspects related to camping. You might even find a tip or two that you didn’t know before. Definitely worth the read.

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