When you head outdoors camping, hiking or just a quick getaway. Getting caught up in fun and the moment is easy to do. Nobody likes to think about any dangers that might ruin the trip. Someone could get hurt and turn a fun time into a terrible event.
Something to include in your camping checklist is some common safety rules. Things to do to keep safe in the wild. Check with park rangers or park officials before you go. Ask them what type of preparedness you should have.
First and foremost is what wildlife will you encounter where you’re camping? If for example, apex predators are in the area you will need to take extra precautions. When hiking put a bell on your backpack, something that makes noise. Most animals will run off if they hear you coming. Keep bear spray handy when in bear country.
Cooking food with large animals in the area can draw them in. A good fire will help keep animals away. Also storing food away from your campsite, sealed containers for food. Try and store your food above ground slung up in a tree. Don’t even leave a plate or snacks in your tent. Animals of all sizes have a keen sense for food. Even a cookie can draw unwanted visitors.
One of the most common mishaps in the wild is snake bites. Again, find out what types of snakes are natural to the area you will be in. Try to avoid hiking through thick brush or tall grass. If you need to hike through be sure to use a walking stick to poke around the ground, make noise.
Never sit down on a log or big flat rock without making sure a snake is not lurking underneath. The best way to too poke a long stick or shake the log well from a safe end. A great many snake bite occurs when folks sit down to rest and put their hands on the log or behind. Be aware of your surroundings before you sit or venture off.
When it comes to wildlife if you have a good fire at night, keep food away from your campsite you should be fine. Most critters will avoid fire, noise, and light.
Protecting yourself from physical injury. Know your footing. Don’t just walk like you haven’t a care in the world. You might just find yourself at the bottom of a steep drop. Not watching where you’re walking could result in sprained ankle, broken leg or worse. Be aware of footing don’t take a step unless you know that step is on solid ground.
Wintry weather conditions can become very dangerous if you don’t have proper clothing, shelter, and precautions for the cold. Hypothermia can set in much faster than you might think. Be sure you have layered clothing. If you find yourself in a situation of extreme cold, a fire can save your life. Short of that finding a makeshift shelter, cave or embankment that provides shelter from the elements.
Heat can also be dangerous if you’re not careful and prepared. Water is the number one concern. Always make sure if you venture out into the desert or extreme heat. Carry plenty of water, a good hat, and sunscreen.
Being prepared is key to having a safe journey in the outdoors. Learn the terrain and what wildlife you can expect to encounter. A healthy respect for your safety is the key to a safe time outdoors. Remember always leave where you visit better than you left it. Have fun!
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