Side Street Style: 5 Safety Tips for Your Next Camping Trip

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31/08/2021

5 Safety Tips for Your Next Camping Trip

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Camping trips are usually loads of fun, but they can come with a fair share of risk as well. Depending on where and who you are camping with, you will need to take the right precautions to ensure that everyone is safe at all times. You will need to bring some essentials, but also start laying down some rules with the other people in your party, and know what should be done in case something happens. Let's take a look at a few safety tips for your next camping trip.

Plan Well in Advance

You need to start thinking about things like the type of shelter you’re going to be using such as smaller tents for wild camping, van setups or glamping options. You want to consider the weather in the area you’re going to camp, and what amenities will be available to you. You should also look at your group and the type of activity they prefer. Some people might like to take it easy and go bird watching, while others might prefer things like whitewater rafting or challenging treks. It's up to you to look at your group's fitness levels and preferences and pick a spot that works for everyone. Don't be afraid to ask for suggestions either.

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Have the Right Equipment

You'll find many packing lists out there, but no list will work for every group and every trip. Some specific items should be on everyone's list for safety, however especially if you are heading somewhere more remote. This should include some navigational tools like a GPS (most smartphones have one), travel chargers, a compass, a map, headlamps and flashlights.

You will also want to bring a first aid kit with you. You never know when you'll need it. You might get small scratches or bruises, or something a little more serious like an injury, so make sure that you have a well-stocked premium first aid kit that will have you covered no matter what.


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Understand Fire Safety

If camping wild or even up a campsite that allows bbq's or fires then you should bring some fire-making tools with you as well. However, you also have to be very careful about how you use them. One of the first things you have to know is how to safely start a bonfire. You should never leave it in the open and it should be as far away from your campsite as possible. You need to be at least 15 ft away for it to be safe. You should also create a fire pit so that the fire stays contained.

Stay Hydrated

Staying properly hydrated will also be of extreme importance during your trip. Know that if you're feeling thirsty, you're already dehydrated, so you have to constantly drink throughout the day. You should also make sure that you replenish those electrolytes. One of the ways you can do this is by packing sports drinks and a few salty snacks. We also suggest that you get yourself a hydration bag instead of a bottle as they're more convenient.


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Know How to Interact with Wildlife

You also have to learn how to treat and respect animals in their habitat. Teach your children to not draw too much attention to them and contain their excitement if they see an animal. Always stay at a safe distance and don’t feed them. If you do, it will increase the chances of them approaching future campers. Also, make sure that your food is safely tucked away in an airtight container, your car, or your camper.

Conclusion

These are all things that will help you stay safe and have a great time on your next camping trip. These tips could literally save your life, so don’t take things lightly and get prepared with your group as soon as possible.


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