Outdoor adventures are seldom free of uncertainties, but the experiences could be remarkable most times. First-time campers must be prepared for a camping adventure before embarking on the trip. The first and foremost preparatory measure is to get a first aid box.
Safe Fire Practices
First-time campers should learn some safety fire measures before embarking on a camping trip. Camping is never fun without the campfire. First-time campers should not build a fire under trees with low hanging branches and put out the fire completely before going to bed.
Another safety measure is the animal safety. You could be camping in an area where many strange animals may surround you. First-time campers should hike only at daybreak and also exhibit appropriate behavior once you come in contact with any strange looking animal. Do not approach any wild animal.
Wear Bug Spray
First-time campers should always wear a bug spray, to avoid the stress of hitting at mosquitoes and insects at night. A full body sprit would be enough to keep you protected throughout the night.
Keep Your Site Clean
All first-time campers should learn to keep their sites clean because this is essential to camping safety. Some insects and wild animals could be attracted by dirty dishes, left over food or dirt in the open.
The day to day activities is a perfect way of keeping fit, and at the same time, it could also lead to dehydration. First-time campers should always have more than enough water on them to keep them from getting dehydrated. The recommended amount is eight oz of glasses every day.
Practice Water Safety
Some camping activities include swimming and water holes. If yours have such activities included, endeavor that you all observe proper water safety guidelines such as making sure little kids make use of flotation devices and staying close to the beach.
Red cross recommended the tips below.
- Make sure you have good knowledge of the waters you are in and read all the signals. If you are swimming, avoid the deep waters and strong currents. If you are riding in a boat also endeavor to observe the speed limit.
- Always check the weather conditions before going out for any water activities. Avoid all water sports in the rain or thunderstorms.
- If the water is overly shallow, use a feet-first entry method.
- Avoid alcohol when diving, swimming or boating as this could endanger peoples’ lives.
Watch Out for Poisonous Plants
First-time campers should always look out for poisonous plants. Do not allow the kids get close to or play with any poisonous plants. Always be on the lookout for the poisonous ivy or poisonous oak and make sure nothing gets eaten by the kids.
Bring a Map
A map is an essential commodity in the wilderness. The GPS might not be able to pick up reception in the wilderness. A basic camping safety states that you should not only have a map of the wilderness, but it is important you walk or hike in the wilderness.
Avoid Propane Stove Danger
First-time campers could include an extra stove to the gear although this might be dangerous. Do not leave the stove with the propane on. Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions.
When lighting a propane stove, be sure the ignition dial is turned on slowly to avoid sparks of fire balls or possible burns. Lastly, do not forget to move away from the stove when lighting it, when doing this use the stove’s igniter switch, as the sparks are contained within the stove. This is safer than using matches or lighter.
Bring A First Aid Kit
Do not forget to bring a first-aid kit because despite these measures you might need to bandage a broken knee or clean a cut. Your first aid kit should always contain an antibacterial ointment and bandages.
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