Ways To Stay Safe When Camping In The Wild
The pandemic has taught us the importance of mental and physical wellbeing. Speaking of which, we are recurrently quitting our toxic workplaces to endeavor into the wild and discover the lost arcs ourselves. Even so, when we think about such activities and situations, the first thing that strikes our mind is the camping activity. But, what do we need to know about it? Is it the equipment you need to carry or the tips you can’t forget to take care of? Well, when you venture into the wilderness, you need a handful of tips to determine the level of your experience.
And, there is so much more to camping and the great outdoors. The sounds of nature, fresh air, escape from digital devices, and bushwalks are just some to start with. Furthermore, if you need more reasons to camp in the wild outdoors, know that you can use some expert tips. So, get the tent stashed in the trunk and prepare for an enduring camping adventure. Moreover, amid the excitement of preparing for your adventure, do not forget that national parks are wild regions. And, they want you to consider your safety. So, let’s get started with what you need to know.
Be aware of risks around the tent.
When you finally reach your destination and are about to nail your tent to the ground, there are several things you would want to know. Before you hammer the first nail, ensure to look around and acknowledge the risks associated with the area. It is also essential to know that you should not camp under the large gum trees. Some species on these trees are susceptible to dripping a significant chunk of branches at any time of the day. And, the last thing one would want is multiple branches reaching for the top of your tent amidst the night.
Meanwhile, if you are camping with kids, set up the tent away from any potential danger like creeks, rivers, and steep drop-offs.
Bring plenty of water and food.
Ensure to bring plenty of water for washing and drinking. Several parks across countries are connected to mains water. So, primarily after dry conditions, you won’t be able to rely on water being present in the park’s tanks. So, always know that tank water is not treated well and may not be suitable for drinking or any form of food mixes and consumption.
Speaking of which, if you are taking food that requires cold keeping, consider investing in quality eskies and always pack a good amount of ice. Remember, camping and food poisoning do not go well together. So, always be attentive and cautious.
Be aware of the weather.
This point has to be the most important one. If you are not accustomed to camping under the stars or in wet weather, do not. The frosty season brings its set of challenges, whereas sunny ones might require you to carry hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen during the day hours and trackies, thick socks, and warm jumpers at night hours.
Have First Aid equipment handy
Since several of our national parks are in remote and isolated locations, medical aid can only be far off. As a result, it is best to camp with people who have First Aid training. It could be even better if you already know how to run errands when it comes to medical aid. Having said that, in case of any form and type of emergency while camping, you should have the first-aid kit handy.
While heading towards the bushwalk, you can’t carry the first aid equipment. So, grab a few supplies and throw them in the backpack like antiseptic creams and bandages to clean any cuts, scratches, and bites you may pick on the trail.
Keep your eye peeled for wildlife.
While you keep your eyes and senses peeled for drop bears, know that it will be the smaller critters creating the most havoc and complexities. Ticks, mosquitoes, and various other insects may bite and cause irritation or carry diseases. Utilizing insect repellent, wearing long pants and long-sleeved tops will help avoid bites. So, ensure to keep the fly screens on your tents closed.
And, when it comes to warmer months, you may encounter snakes. And, they are usually shy and won’t attack unless provoked. So, it would be best to leave them be if you come across them.
Be fire safe around campfires.
Having a resting time around the campfire while singing the Bon Jovi ballad may be an ideal thing to do while camping, but before you do strike the match, ensure you know some rules. Not every campground or park allows campfires. And, during the fire danger season, you are not allowed to arrange any campfire. And, when you do get the permission, always be fire safe.
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