While you're away from home on your camping vacation, remember that safety and first aid becomes even more important. Accidents can happen during your camping trip that you may have to deal and being prepared for cuts, scrapes and injuries is very important, as well as knowing what to do in case of an emergency.
Every camper should have a first aid kit and survival aids packed alongside their tents and coolers, and it's a wise thing to know something about handling injuries and the people that are suffering from them.
To increase your camping safety and keep your grounds as accident-free as possible, begin by walking the area and looking for hazards such as broken glass, sticks jammed into the ground at dangerous angles, slippery spots to avoid or rocky areas that could be dangerous in a fall. If there is deadfall on the ground, remove as much as possible and clear the area.
Accidents such as being jabbed by a branch during a fall could be avoided by a little prevention. During your stay, always try to keep safety in the forefront by making sure you're handling your equipment carefully and clearly marking ropes that can be a trip hazard with colored fly tape. Another good way of ensuring safety around your campsite is putting things away once you're done using them. A cluttered camping area has plenty of potential for small accidents that can cause a lot of grief.
If you're planning on building camp fires for warmth, enjoyment or cooking, be smart, wary and safe. Find out if there are any restrictions for the time of year or dryness in the region - many areas don't permit fires when there has been a recent dry spell and the spread of fires is a concern. Avoid building fires on a windy day, as the breeze can transport smouldering ashes and start them burning elsewhere.
If you know it's safe to build a fire and it's not a windy day, do make sure you have a proper fire pit dug out and ringed with stones. Containing and controlling your flame is extremely important. Always have a bucket of water handy, as fires can get out of control very quickly - and you'll need to extinguish your fire properly before turning in. Letting a fire die down unsupervised is asking for trouble.
Wilderness camping can be one that holds a lot of risk for injuries. Accidents are never expected to happen but even the most cautious camper can end up in an emergency situation and needing quick help.
First aid courses can provide you with the know-how to deal with concussion or severe cuts, and the amount of time it takes from your schedule usually isn't more than a weekend. The advantages to being able to provide quick, proper emergency care out in the woods, where qualified help and sometimes hospital resources aren't available, is a must for anyone planning a camping trip.
While there are a lot of things you can do to keep your camping trip safe and pleasant for everyone, staying aware of potential hazards can mean the difference between needing stitches and bringing back good memories.
Learning good first aid skills and getting into the good habit of keeping your campsite clean and safe is never a wasted effort. No one wants to have accidents or emergency situations happen and avoiding them is the best prevention of all.
Ay Papi Camping Trip
Yes, of course, you need a tent and a few sleeping bags, everybody knows that! But to make your trip out in the wild perfect, it is the details that count, which means you have to choose your equipment carefully and you have to remember even the apparently most insignificant utensil. However, your decision of what you will take and what not will also depend on your means of travelling and your idea of a camping trip. You might not want to carry your garden table set on your back while riding your bike!
First of all, you have to choose the right tent, which mostly depends on the number of people travelling with you. Then decide on the kind of sleeping bags you need. Is it going to be cold or pretty warm during the night? Is everybody sleeping in the tent or are some of you going to want to sleep under the stars? If you are all huddled together in a tent you will be warmer than if you sleep in the open. Do not forget to take mats and a big plastic sheet against humidity to put under the tent or to sleep on outside. That is for the basics; let us see about the rest.
Elaborate the menu for each day you are going to be away. Again think about how you are going to travel. I you have your car, you can take your grill or a gas cooker, but if you have to carry your equipment, you should rather take food you can grill on a fire or that you can eat raw, like cheese, ham, fruit, etc. Keep your food in a closed recipient to avoid an ant invasion. And most importantly, be sure to take enough water with you or at least to take a recipient in which you can cook the water you find around your camping site.
Remember to check your first aid kit before you leave. You should always have some disinfectant and some Band-Aid. You should also take some sunscreen and mosquito repellent. You might not have to use those items but as someone wisely said: Better safe than sorry!
Now, let us look at the little details that can come in really handy. Toilet paper is always useful, might it be to actually go to the toilet or just to wipe your hands clean after eating. You should have a piece of rope with you every time you go camping. You never know what you will need it for: to hang out some wet clothes, to hang the food up in the trees to protect it from wild animals or to catch a deer for supper! And do not forget your Swiss army knife, they can be of great help.
As it said at the beginning, think about the details and not only about the obvious when making a list of what you are going to take on your camping trip. The better you plan it, the more you will enjoy it!
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