Since the pandemic is not over, traveling is still under a big question mark in 2021. However, if you’re as eager to get away from home as we are, you can always go camping and explore nature and all its beauties. If you’re preparing to have your first camping trip this year, make sure to put a strong emphasis on safety—staying healthy should always be your priority. So, if you want to have a safe yet wondrous camping trip, here are some tips for you.
1. Choose The Right Site
Obviously, you need to pick the location that’s safe for camping. If you’re hitting an organized campsite, you don’t have to worry too much, but if you’re planning a wilderness camping trip, make sure to pick a site with good drainage, accessibility, shade and a nearby firewood and water source.
2. Pack All The Equipment
You don’t want to arrive at your site and realize you’ve left your tent poles at home, so before you embark on your adventure, check all your gear and make a foolproof packing list. Give yourself time for making a checklist (at least three days before your trip). Try out your new gear to get the feel of it and look up how to use certain equipment if you don’t know how. Use your checklist when packing your car and make sure to bring it with you for the trip back home—this will ensure you don’t leave anything in the woods.
3. Stay Warm
Many things can catch you unprepared, but you can’t afford not to prepare for rain and cold. When packing, put several warm clothing items, no matter how hot the weather is. When the night falls, even the desert can feel freezing cold, so keep that in mind when packing.
You will definitely need a few pairs of socks packed in sealed bags to avoid getting them wet. Insulated boots will also help you stay dry and warm both in rain and cold. When packing other clothing, think layers, so you always have something to take off or put on, depending on the temperature and your activity level.
4. Protect Your Site
Wherever you go in nature, it’s always a great idea to have a quality knife with you just in case. Gadgets like practical automatic knives will come in handy in countless situations—you’ll use them for food prep, protection from animals and intruders, camp setup, first aid and almost any other activity. An automated blade is easy to whip out, even with one hand, and you can easily and safely carry it in your pocket or backpack when it’s not in use.
5. Check Your First Aid Kit
Hopefully, you won’t need it, but it’s always good to have a first aid kit with you. With a kit at hand, you will be able to deal with injuries immediately and prevent them from becoming
anything serious that can cut your trip short. Most first aid kits you can buy contain everything one needs for smaller injuries, but you can also include a quality flashlight.
6. Bright All The Necessary Medication
If you take any medication, make sure to bring them with you. If you’re planning to stay in nature for five days, pack medication worth seven days just in case. While you should concentrate on your daily meds, you also want to have something in case of an emergency, like an EpiPen.
7. Have Plenty Of Water
Since 70% of the human body is composed of water, we need it to survive and we need it bad. So, if you want to have a safe camping trip, hydration is essential. Make sure to take plenty of water with you, especially if you’re going off the grid. If you’re staying in nature for longer, you can consider packing filtering gear that will provide you with clean water in case your supply runs dry. Whenever possible, don’t drink water that was not purified or boiled first.
8. Secure Your Food
Camping is hungry work and you will need to eat. It’s best to pack foods that are not perishable—sealed packaging such as a can is the safest choice. You also want to have an emergency stash of snacks full of protein, fat and sugar (shack bars and protein bars are usually a good choice). All in all, anything that will sustain you in desperate times will come in handy during your camping trip. When you arrive at your campsite, make sure to secure your food in a safe place away from contamination and animals.
9. Stay Safe From Buzzers
Every campsite contains some insects, so come prepared. Get to know your campsite in advance so you know which buzzers to expect. Once you get informed, bring plenty of adequate repellent, since insects can quickly ruin your trip.
2021 is the perfect year to reconnect with nature and spend as much time as possible outside. With these safe camping tips, you will enjoy your outdoor adventure, relax, unwind and spend quality time with your family, close friends and Mother Nature.