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Camping Safety Tips


It doesn’t matter if you’re at a well-establish campground you have found through Paths Across America, or if you hundreds of yards into the woods, it is of extreme importance to use your common sense. Avoid acting careless and prepare yourself for the unexpected. This article will explain some of the most important safety tips that you need to be aware of when going camping.

Get Your Vaccinations

According to the CDC, you need to get vaccinated before going camping. By ensuring your vaccinations are up-to-date, you are taking an extra step in protecting yourself against certain diseases and conditions that you may stumble upon while camping. Common vaccinations include tetanus, hepatitis A, meningitis and pertussis. Others may be necessary depending on your destination, medical history and a variety of other factors.

Pack a First Aid Kit

Safety First

Never go camping without a first aid kit, whether it’s one that you put together yourself or purchased at the drug store. You never know what will happen when out in the wilderness. A first aid kit can come in handy in case someone gets stung by a bee, bitten by a snake, suffers a nasty cut or has an allergic reaction to something.

Do Not Approach Wild Animals

While the animals look cute and harmless, they probably aren’t. Wild animals are very unpredictable and are known to be incredibly protective of their territory, not to mention the fact they that can carry diseases. Be alert when you see wild animals and never try to feed them. More often than not, they’ll run the other direction because they are more afraid of you and me than we are of them. Make sure that your food is never left out in the open and is always kept in sealed containers in an area where animals cannot reach.

Practice Campfire Safety

Fires should never be started near your tent, as it is made from material that can catch fire and burn easily and quickly and should be started in an area with no low hanging tree branches. In addition, fires should never be left unattended for even a short period of time. It only takes a second for a fire to get out of control, especially in low humidity and dry conditions. Make sure that you have a shovel or bucket of water nearby and handy in the event that the fire gets out of control. You also want to ensure that your fire is put out completely prior to heading inside your tent leaving your campsite.

Often the choice for a Soldier and their Family for a vacation, camping is a time to enjoy the company of friends and Family while relaxing and enjoying the beautiful sounds of nature. However, if you don’t practice safety first, camping can turn into a disaster. If you aren’t quite ready to tackle camping on your own, consider Family and MWR’s Outdoor Recreation  for camping information and equipment check-out.

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