Camping is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. Whatever you plan on, to have a picnic or to go walking or camping, there are few simple things to remember – these will help with safety and enjoyment of your trip and protect the area so that other people can enjoy it in the future.
Follow some of these simple tips:
- Prepare safe food and water
- Pack food in tight, waterproof bags or containers. Keep it in an insolated cooler or store it in a cool, shady place. You could use a chill bin or put the food in a pillowcase and hang it from a tree. Wash dishes wright away and keep the clean ones covered.
- Make sure that water is safe. The water in some lakes, rivers and streams may carry parasites and bacteria spread by animals, birds and human through their faces. So boil the water for 1 minute by using a portable gas stove or filter the water through an approved filter, which you can buy in shops that sell camping or outdoor equipment.
- Bury toilet waste
When you are away from places where there are public toilets, you must bury your toilet waste. So plan ahead. Find a private area at least 50 meters away from water, walking tracks, huts and campsites. dig or scrape a shallow hole about 10-15cm deep. Bury the waste and cover the hole with loose soil. Disposable nappies should not be buried. Put in rubbish bins or take home with you.
- While it’s good practice to keep your site clean, it’s critical for camping safety, too. Dirty dishes, leftover trash, or food left in the open could attract animals you don’t want to mess with.
- Look up and around, don’t build a fire under low trees, never leave it burning without someone watching, and put the flame completely out before bed.
Campfire safety starts well before the fire gets roaring. When scouting out your fire pit, make sure it’s not under any low-hanging branches or near any brush or bushes. Items like these can easily go up in flames if the fire gets bigger than anticipated. Also keep a radius of eight to 10 feet around the fire pit clear of tents, chairs, food and any other debris or obstructions.
- Protect yourself from the sun
- Use plenty of sunscreen before you go out into the sun.
- Wear clothes that will protect your skin as long sleeve shirts.
- Keep the pests away
- bury toilet waste
- store your rubbish in strong bags and tie them tightly and remove it as soon as you can.
- wear trousers and shirts with long sleeves
- use an insect repellent on parts of your body that are not coverd by your clothing.
In addition to normal camping gear, food and clothing, packing the following items will ensure a safer camping experience.
- Sunscreen (at least SPF 15)
- Tent and plastic ground cloth
- Adequate bedding and sleeping bags for expected temperatures
- Wide brimmed Hat
- Long sleeved shirts and long pants for sun and insect protection
- Clothing that can be layered for temperature changes (sweatshirts, windbreakers, etc.)
- Water and healthy snacks that don’t need refrigeration
- First Aid kit
- Bug repellent with DEET
- Flashlights and batteries
- GPS or compass
- Map of area, trail map if you will be hiking
- Hand sanitizer (alcohol based for quick drying)
- Insulated cooler
- bucket or water jug for dousing campfires
- List of emergency numbers, medications and health and allergy issues in case of emergency