Safety Camping Tips for Beginners

Safety Camping Tips for BeginnersSummer is right around the corner, and it’s time to explore the great outdoors. If you’re looking to take your loved ones on a camping trip, or even embark on a solo one, safety is likely at the forefront of your mind. Armed with the following knowledge, your summer festivities can go on without incident. Next, if you’re traveling with your RV, equip yourself with a comprehensive CT RV Insurance policy.

Prepare for storms.

Being outdoors means you’ll have to be prepared for lightning and thunder storms. While the tent might be your first thought for shelter, the aluminum poles that hold it up are conductors of electricity. Instead, seek shelter in the RV or another vehicle. If this isn’t an option, find an open field rather than seeking shelter in the thick of the forest. Lastly, if you hear thunder while swimming, exit immediately.

Be on the lookout.

Camping in the wilderness may be beautiful, but it’s not without its dangers. Be on the lookout for wild animals- particularly bears and snakes- and take the following precautions.

  • Bears- Put away all food at night in locked containers. Many campsites come with a lockbox for this purpose. Otherwise, store it in the locked RV. It’s also important to be aware of your surroundings when hiking. Since bears love to brush up against trees, they may wear away at the bark or low-hanging branches, which is a sign they are in the area. They also tend to like foraging for berries, so if you find yourself near a berry patch, it’s a good idea to move away. If you find yourself crossing paths with a bear, get to higher ground (like climbing up a tree) if you can, or make as much noise as possible to scare them, explains Mashable.
  • Snakes- They’re not interested in humans, but that doesn’t mean you won’t stumble upon them while foraging around. Be aware of your surroundings, use a hiking stick, and wear gloves if you’re poking around in between rocks and shaded areas to prevent potential bites.

Stay hydrated.

According to the article, the following is recommended to stay hydrated during your camping trip.

  • Drink 15 to 20 ounces of water one to two hours before starting anything strenuous.
  • Drink 8 to 10 ounces approximately 15 minutes before beginning your exercise.
  • During your hike or other activity, try to drink about 8 ounces of water every 15 minutes or so.

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