Spring is here and the weather is perfect for camping and hiking! When planning our camping trips we tend to focus mainly on what to bring and where we are going to go. There are many resources available online for planning camping trips like Reserve America and, of course, the National Park Service. You can browse and book your favorite camping spot anywhere in the US!
Safety is often at the bottom of our checklist when planning your camping trip. Maybe we assume campground management has thought it through and there's no need for additional planning on the campers part. Or we’re just so excited about all the impending fun that we don’t want to think about potential safety issues! With just a little forethought and pre-planning we can relax and enjoy our camping experience and feel safe!
Four ways to stay safe on a camping trip:
1. Stay safe by protecting your valuables from theft
Lets face it, our stuff is more vulnerable at a campsite for the simple reason that tents don’t have locks! Once you get everything set up and situated you want to be able to go out and explore and not have to worry about what you leave behind! Articles like this sadly remind us that on campgrounds our ‘stuff’ is often not as safe as we may want to think.
So what should you do with your ‘stuff’ while you’re out exploring? We recommend taking portable covert surveillance with you to the campground! Our Xtreme Life Plus Hidden Camera backpack will fit right in with camping equipment! It has 28 hours of continuous recording battery life, is Wi-Fi enabled, motion activates and is water resistant. It is truly the only product on the market for outdoor long term use!
2. Stay safe by protecting your body and health
Save yourself lots of potential frustration and pain by planning ahead for physical safety while you're on a camping trip! Here are a few things to remember to pack or do to keep your health and body safe:
- Be sure to bring sunscreen, hat, bug spray, medications and a First Aid Kit.
- Never use fuel-burning equipment such as gas stoves, heaters, lanterns, and charcoal grills inside a tent, camper, or other enclosed shelter. Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can build up and cause suffocation.
- The CDC Recommends the following: Before you leave, check the weather report, learn about security at your camp location, and tell family and friends your plans. Know who to contact at the camp to report issues that may come up.
3. Stay safe by not getting lost
Camping and hiking go hand in hand. There’s nothing better to do on a camping trip than go explore the great outdoors all around you. We don’t realize, however, just how GREAT the space is around us. Heartbreaking stories like this are sad reminders that it can be easy to get lost, even if we’re not too far away from our campsite. It’s even more difficult to be able to send our kids out into the wilderness to explore by themselves.
Almost every outdoor enthusiast will say their number one piece of advice for a safe hike is “Never hike alone.” That goes for a two hour jaunt through a park on Sunday afternoon and a week-long trek through the back country. The iTrail GPS Solo goes hand in hand with never hiking alone. It sends location updates every 30 or 60 seconds and has 14 hours of battery life. It is very durable and easily fits into a child's backpack! And the best part? You can know when your hiker has left a specified area using our GeoFence alerts! Finally, it has CDMA for the most coverage in the USA! Think about outfitting all members of your hiking party with one.
4. Stay safe by protecting your environment from wildlife
No matter where you decide to camp in the US, you will need to prepare for wildlife. Wildlife can be a great source of fun and excitement on camping trips. On the flip side, they can also present potential danger for your stuff, yourself and your animals. Here are a few recommendations for staying safe from wildlife:
- Keep your pet within your sight and on a leash at all times.
- Don’t ever touch or get too close to a wild animal. Even if they seem tame as they can carry rabies or other diseases. They can also attack or bite if they feel threatened when you invade their space.
- Never get between a wild animal and its babies.
- Never feed a wild animal.
- Bring good food storage and be familiar with campsite food storage guidelines.
We hope these tips help you as you plan your camping trip so you can relax and enjoy it!
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