Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and make lasting family memories. Whether you’re pitching a tent or cruising the countryside in an RV, here are a few things to keep in mind to stay safe and be well on your trip.
- Bring plenty of water. Having enough water for drinking and cooking is crucial. Since it’s not always possible to verify a safe, clean source of water at your campsite, bringing water with you rules out any problems.
- Pack sunscreen, DEET-free bug repellant (if you must use DEET to protect against ticks make sure you only apply to clothing and not directly to skin), first aid supplies and any important medications. Try a natural, all-in-one product that soothes burns, stings, and wounds. Before you leave, get an unscented soap and shampoo. Use them before leaving and bring them with on extended trips. Often, bugs are attracted to the fragrances in our personal care products.
- Cover basic fire safety guidelines for the wilderness. Learn to start a fire for warmth and cooking and how to keep it under control.
- Implement a buddy system so that no one goes anywhere alone. Give kids a whistle to wear around their neck and teach them to blow it if they get lost.
- Inform kids about common camping dangers and how to deal with them.
- Avoid poison ivy and check for ticks often, especially after hikes or being in wooded areas.
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May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!