The great outdoors offers a source of fun and excitement. Most importantly, it offers a great time to bask in nature’s beautiful scenery and take a relaxing break from the stressful world around you. Taking a camping trip is a perfect way to spend time in nature. However, there are many hazards you should be aware of when you go camping. So, here are a few tips that you should consider to improve your security while camping.
Pack enough food and water
A fundamental security measure you should consider is food and water. Staying alive is essential for your security. Therefore, be sure to pack enough healthy snacks and water. Once you plan to camp out for a few days, you need to plan how much water you want to take in a day and the amount of food you can consume. The surest way to handle this is to pack surplus amounts of water and food that you would usually consume the entire duration of your stay camping. You can also pack enough ice to help preserve the cold food from going bad. You can also include air-tight containers to prevent bugs from feasting on your supply of food.
You might have gone with the entire family in a car, and this can provide extra security. The truth is, you are not going to be alone with your friends and family on your camping trips. There may be individuals who want to take advantage of unsuspecting campers. Therefore, while you stay in your camping tents, you can keep your belongings safe in the car. You can also provide maximum security at night. For instance, you can pack tactical flashlights to improve your night vision and prevent accidents. Pepper spray, a pocket knife, and a handy panic button to quickly notify authorities of a security threat are a few other security tools you should consider on your camping trip.
Know your surroundings
Camping is a fun and exciting way to explore nature. However, it is essential to know your surroundings. Before you ultimately settle in and set up your tent, be sure to scout your camping site. Take note of landmarks closest to the site. Once you have an idea of your surroundings, you can confidently identify all the possible hot zones that can pose security threats to you and your family.
There may be a deep hole in the ground or a wild plant that can cause allergies or injuries. Be on the lookout for poison ivy, oak, and sumac. When you come across any plant or bush that appears new to you, avoid touching them. If you happen to touch an unknown plant that may appear poisonous by some mistake, you can wash it immediately in cool water to remove any plant oil that can cause allergic reactions. Once you have the hot spots marked, you can suggest them to your team of campers to stay clear of such places. You can pack calamine lotion and hydrocortisone cream, which you can use to relieve skin itchiness.
Avoid wild animals
There are no campsites and locations that are entirely free from animals. Wild animals have their natural habitat. It will be best to know which wild animals are naturally likely to be located at your preferred campsite. You can also pack insect repellents containing DEET for each camper. Mosquitoes and ticks are bugs that can cause some diseases from their bites. Insect repellents can be sprayed into clothes and also applied to exposed skin while outside your tent. You can make it a daily routine to check for ticks. You will need to pack light-colored clothes and long-sleeved shirts and trousers to cover exposed hands and legs.
On the other hand, larger wild animals like reptiles and mammals may not disturb your campsite. However, if you feed them or try touching them or leave food particles near your campsite, you will not have much of a wildlife animal situation throughout your stay at camp.
Protect yourself against carbon monoxide poisoning
While camping, you will need to pack fuel-burning equipment such as lanterns, gas stoves, heaters, and charcoal grills. Some campers prefer to use their fuel-burning equipment in their tents and caravan. However, the burning fuel produces carbon monoxide, which is very poisonous to breathe in. When excessive levels of carbon monoxide build-up in the tent or caravan, you may start having flu-like symptoms like headache, vomiting, dizziness, weakness, and chest pain.
However, if you get primarily exposed to the built-up carbon monoxide in your tent or caravan, it can cause loss of consciousness, lead to seizures, and possible death. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, try and do most of your cooking outside your tent as much as possible.
Only take valuable objects along while camping
Holidays may be one of the best periods of the year for you and your family. You will like to take some of the priceless possessions that make you comfortable along with you. Some people may go with their jewelry, smartphones, and priced digital cameras. It is best if your selection of items needed for camping is centered on needed artifacts and not wants. Any additional luxury you can survive a few days without should be left behind at home.
The concept is to be as light and less expensive as possible. Intruders are usually time conscious about their attacks.
They sneak in and walk out as stealthy as they came. Intruders may make away with one of your prized possessions with so many emotional attachments like a jade bracelet handed over from your grandparents or a wedding ring. However, if you take such priced personal belongings on the camping trip, you may need to find places in your campsite to hide them from intruders. Such possible places can be inside your portable fridge in empty containers where intruders may never suspect to search.
With these six safety and security tips, you would be bound to have an enjoyable camping experience without the worry of being at risk.