Camping is an excellent way to spend time with friends and family, and also relax in nature, in peace and tranquility. Along with the incredible experience you may have, it is also important to know some camping safety tips and tricks. After all, they are all in the desert and do not have all the necessary items and the comforts they have at home, so they should be more careful.
For example, to keep warm you may have to make a fire. If you have children with you, you may need to be very careful and instruct them not to approach the fire and stay at a safe distance. This is just a small look at all the tips we will offer you in this article.
Read on to get more safety tips and how to stay safe and have a great time together. You do not want to ruin your camping adventure, just because you’re not prepared enough for it. Follow the steps and tips we have collected to minimize the risk of injury. And remember that everything you’re used to at home can be significantly different when you’re open.
Safety tips and advice for your camping trip.
Before committing to a trip, take some time to Learn the rules and laws. about starting a fire in the area that you want to go camping. There are states and countries where starting a fire can be partially or totally prohibited. If you do not comply with these regulations, you may run the risk of high fines and even more severe penalties. To make sure you will not experience this, prepare yourself by learning more about the desired camping area.
Do not leave your home without the proper elements that can help you navigate and navigate the area where you will camp. Since you are in the desert, it is tempting to go exploring the area, but if you are not aware of where you are going, you can lose your way back. That’s why it’s always highly recommended that you first check the area on a map, at home, then prepare all the maps that show the area and also prepare a GPS and a compass.
Learn to use the compass with the maps. This knowledge can be invaluable if you get lost. It is also good to teach your children how to do it together.
If you are camping at a public campsite and there are other habitats in the area, we recommend that you set up your camp before sunset. This is to make sure that you will have enough time and light to see where you will set up the camp, without disturbing other people and families. This will also help you to organize the camp more quickly and efficiently thanks to the remaining natural light that you will have.
Hikers and campers are often It is strongly recommended that you do not start the fire or that small compact stoves are used inside your store. The fact of having fire inside the tent not only causes a strong condensation, but also risks (as it may be) to set fire to the tent. Accidents happen even if you are completely sure that it is not possible. There may be fire resistant tents, but again, get away from the idea of starting a fire inside your tent.
The only time you can make an exclusion is if the outside climate does not allow any activity. For example, if there is a heavy rain or a heavy snowstorm. You can only use a small compact stove to boil some water (because it only takes a few minutes), and you should supervise the stove at all times.
In addition to the above advice, you are also discouraged from making changes to the fuel container inside the store, due to the risk of fuel leakage. Make these changes only outside the store at a safe distance. Also, if you have some similar fuel containers in your backpack, do not store them inside the store, but store them outside. They can leak or poisonous gases can evaporate.
And while we’re still on the subject of the stoves and the campfire, try Practice with the stove you have, or try to start a small campfire. and see how well you do it. If you think you’re still not good enough, practice more until you’re good at it. If you have a barbecue (and not a stove) you can also make sure it is working well and that it is clean enough. Make sure your barbecue is placed on a flat and even surface in your camp, as it could fall off and spill hot oil.
Cooking at the campfire or on a stove / barbecue is one of the main things that people do when camping. That’s why you need to focus more attention on that. Together with the previous advice, You have to keep matches and start a fire in your backpack or car. It is better that they be Stored in waterproof plastic bags or in boxes of Altoids cans..
If your matches are wet, you can not start a fire. And if you have no experience in starting a fire in the most primitive way, you may end up going to bed hungry. Therefore, to avoid this, be sure to keep them isolated from moisture or water. Also, it is better to have a waterproof fire starter (two in the best case) that you have tried. They must work before you go on your trip. It is also better that they are made on different principles.
Butane fire starters will not start if it is too cold, while other fire starters may not be well insulated and waterproof. This is the reason why you should not rely on just one fire starter, keep two or three traditional matches.
Besides that, keep the Fire starters and matches well away from children. Make sure these items are inaccessible to yours or nearby children.
Another thing to keep in mind when setting up your camp and tents, is that if you have more than 1 store, you should keep one tent of another at a minimum distance of 6 meters / 20 feet. This minimizes the risk that any store will catch fire. By following this recommendation, you also make sure that if any store catches fire, it will not spread to the other nearby stores and endanger other unsuspecting campers.
Do not forget about keep the campfire away from the store (s), or if there is wind, flames and sparks can reach nearby stores and set them on fire. Prepare to smother the fire if something unexpected happens, by having a shovel nearby, so you can throw dirt over the flames. Water buckets will also work if the fire is not too big. Also, to make sure you are preparing a safe fire, dig a hole and establish a stone pit. The pits keep the fire contained and significantly minimize the risk of spreading.
During the darkest hours you may still need some light. The best advice is to stay away from open flames, like candles. Either Use headlights and torches or torches. (since these keep the flame protected). And, of course, never use flame-based light inside the store. Use only flashlights and headlights.
Still on the subject of fire, before going to bed, never leave the fire on and dampen all possible lights that cause fires. This council also includes its stoves, barbecues and gas lamps. Make sure nothing can catch fire while you sleep and that no one is watching your camp. It is best to pour some water on the campfire (if it is a warm and dry night) and keep all other kitchen elements away from your store (s).
It is also important to keep in mind that the use of pre-weather equipment does not minimize the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Even if you have ventilation in your tent or caravan, this does not mean that this can not happen. In fact, there have been cases of carbon monoxide poisoning in the desert, both in caravans and in tents.
Make sure that any kitchen appliance you use, Your tent / caravan / car is well ventilated. and do not go to sleep without properly cooling the air inside. If you are sleeping in the car or caravan, make sure you have a CO detector and the batteries are new and the alarm works.
In case the worst happens, that is to say, that a fire starts, it is necessary immediately leave the store and do not waste your time saving your stuff. The tents tend to burn very fast and you can also catch fire. In case this happens, do not run (unless there is a river or lake very close), because the flames will become stronger the more you move.
The best way is to suffocate it, Rolling on the floor and ask someone to put a heavy blanket. Thus, the fire will not have access to oxygen and will be suffocated. In case the fire continues to grow, you should immediately inform a rescue team so they can come and help smother the flames.
More safety tips to consider before going camping
Finding a good place to build your camp is almost an art. There may be several things to consider before committing to a final place, to make sure you will be safe there.
Do not install the camp near dry stream beds. These are prone to flooding during torrential rains, even when these are nearby rivers. Streams can be tempting because they protect you from the wind, but nevertheless they avoid them. Dry streams are also prone to fire and may even risk being invisible to any rescue team.
If you want to place your store (s) near a river or lake, make sure there are no traces of animals that reach the river. This is a clear indication that animals tend to go to drink water from that river / lake. It can disturb your habits and natural patterns. Of course, there is also the risk that you will encounter a bear or other predator, such as wolves and wild cats.
It may be intuitive enough, but do not set up your camp on a slope, even if it is small enough. It’s easy to let some of your things roll down the slope and you can lose some important elements like that. If you want your camp to be on a slope, make sure there is no risk of avalanches (during winter) or falling rocks (summer and winter).
Stay away from any kind of trail that does not look like hikers. Also, stay away from the ant hills, and not just several meters / feet away, but much more than that. Consider them a risky place and find a better one.
Also, do not camp near standing water. Mosquitoes tend to love stagnant water and lay their eggs there, so it is possible that you not only have an unpleasant camping experience, but you also run the risk of getting an unpleasant disease.
Do not camp under the trees, especially if it is lonely trees in vast empty fields. If the weather tends to be unstable and there is a lot of heavy rain and thunderstorms, it practically risks your life. Also, if the wind is too strong, the branches may fall into your tent. Also, do not set up camp in a totally empty field during thunderstorms. You risk lightning.
Consider well the area where you will spend some time. Learn about which animals and insects are often there and also find out how to safely avoid them, including what to do if you are still facing a wild animal / insect / reptile.
Many people tend to run for their lives immediately if they see a snake or other wild animal. Sometimes this is not really a good idea. Wolves, for example, are tempted to chase you if you run, but if you stand still and act aggressively, move your hands or speak loudly and aggressively, a lone wolf will not attack you, since your behavior would not be natural and will recede. off.
Bears are also tempted to hunt you down. If you see a brown bear (not a grizzly), lying down and pretending to be dead usually works, since bears are not interested in dead creatures. For more details, read more about tactics on how to stay safe if you encounter a wild animal.
Also, if there are poisonous animals in the area where you are hiking, first of all, either you are discouraged to camp there, or at least, prepare antidotes in case they bite you. And remember, backing up slowly is the best way to stay safe, even if you see a snake or a scorpion. Of course, this is a great topic, and you need to read more to get more details.
However, it is not your only concern to find animals. What happens if you see a delicious looking red berry? You may be tempted immediately to pluck it and eat it. But would that be safe? In most cases, wild fruits, berries and herbs are not really edible and there is a high risk that some of them may be toxic. You must be a plant expert to be completely sure of which is edible and which is not.
Also, do not feed any wild animal, even if it is not dangerous to you. Feeding them may attract other animals and some may not be welcome to their camp.
Also, on the subject of food, do not drink water from lakes and rivers unless you have a filtration or water purification system with you. Otherwise, prepare all the water you need beforehand. The rivers and lakes of low altitude can be well contaminated with many viruses, protozoa, organisms and cysts. This can be dangerous to your health and you do not want to take risks, especially if you have children with you.
In case you have run out of your water reserves and do not have a filtration or purification system, your only option is to boil the water. This is an old method that generally works and will make the water safe to drink.
Another very important advice is to always stay together. It is very easy to be tempted to venture out and explore the area alone. Even if you are an adult or a child, there is a great risk of getting lost.
Of course, as long as you have charged phones, you can call your family and look for them to find you, but in case you do not have contact with your friends and family, the risk is not worth it. In addition, it is much more fun to go together and, in addition, let someone else know where you are going. Make sure you can contact them and they can contact you, in case something happens.
And finally, before you go to your camp, let someone close to you and your family know where you are going. People in the home can help you by contacting the rescue teams and informing them if they lose contact with you. Contact with the outside world is your last safety measure.
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