Going Camping? What You Need to Know

Posted on Jul 11, 2019

As the temperatures rise and the days become longer, many Americans will head out on camping adventures. Whether your’e a seasoned camping pro or new to the activity, it’s always a good idea to review camping safety tips.

Don’t Forget to Pack the Essentials
Before setting out, it is important that you remember to pack things like fresh water, food, a first-aid kit, matches, sunscreen, insect repellent, extra clothing, sunscreen and a waterproof tent.

Think Twice Before Pitching Your Tent
It’s important to carefully consider where you’re setting up camp. Avoid low-lying areas that could flood during a heavy rain. Also, in windy conditions, avoid setting up your tent under a tree, as possible falling limbs could present a danger.

Campfire Safety
If you’re not careful, a campfire can quickly become dangerous. Keep following tips in mind to stay safe:

  • If possible, surround the fire pit with rocks, and keep a bucket of water nearby.
  • Do not build the fire near the tent(s) or anything else flammable.
  • Never leave a fire unattended, and ensure it is completely out before going to bed.
  • Collect firewood from the ground only, never cut into living trees.

Prioritize Safety Over Fun
To keep the experience fun and safe there are some basic precautions that every camper should take. For more information on how you can remain safe on your trip, visit US Forest Service.

Did You Know?

Camping Can Relieve Stress and Depression

You might think that camping and hiking trips are only good for our physical health, but they’re also great for our mental and emotional well-being. When you raise your levels of oxygen, serotonin, and melatonin- which happens when you partake in outdoor physical activities – your stress level will automatically decrease.

Plus, it’s difficult to be upset when you’re partaking in an enjoyable activity. It’s one of the best things we can do for our bodies, our minds, and our spirits.

Source: Zywave, Inc., Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park