25Sep2010

Camping 101 Safety and First Aid

Camping Safety and First AidCamping is meant to be an escape from the everyday use of modern items and technology. The “Ideal Camper” is one who is ready to take a break from the usual everyday type of activity. Camping can be a great family getaway as well.

There are a few items that can be used depending on the nature of the trip. A trip that is well thought out and planned for can go relatively smoothly. On the other hand, a trip that is last minute can be fun as well, as long as the necessary gear is brought with the camper. Preparing for camping safety and first aid are the most important things when camping.

You might ask yourself, “What do I have to bring?”, or, “What should I bring for fun?” The outdoors requires food, water and tools to perform things like gutting an animal – if you wanted to go that far as an outdoors-men.

It’s better to ask yourself, “What will my group or family be doing while camping?” Then make a camping checklist of events and special needs of each individual, such as asthma medication, for example. Include each member’s tastes in food for canned good items. There are also meals sealed in plastic meant for outdoor use as well. Such items can be found in most stores that accommodate hunting or camping gear.

Hiking Safety When Camping

So you’ve decided to go on a hike during this camping trip. Here are some hiking safety tips if you want to really prepare for your hike.

  • You will want to bring ruck sacks which are a type of book bag meant to carry important items.
  • Also consider bringing a nice sharp knife for cutting rope, some strong climbing rope (about 10 feet in length), just in case a fall occurs and a hoist is needed.
  • You can also use the knife to strike a flint rock to start a fire. A typical lighter will do just fine, as well.
  • Sleeping bags can also be placed in or on the ruck sack; tents can be left behind with an individual waiting for your return from the hike. This leaves the option of enjoying a night with just sleeping bags and food should you stumble across a location with a particularly nice view.

Camping First Aid Kits

The most important thing to bring are First Aid Kits, with enough gear and bandages for at least 20% of the group. In case someone does get injured, this kit should contain peroxide, gauze, iodine, and a catheter with an IV bag. Having a trained individual on using some of the more advanced medical tools is recommended. Other than that, have fun and be safe.

Taking too many items will ruin the mood of a camping trip. You should try roughing it for a few days; make things work in the outdoors by using mother nature’s tools: logs for fire, etc.

If you have any Camping Safety and First Aid knowledge we would love to hear from you! Please share what you know in the comment box below. Thanks!

Make sure you read these great articles:

Guide to Survival: Finding Food in the Woods

How to Prepare your Kids for Safety Before Camping

How to Prepare your Kids for Safety While Camping

Author: Justin Cruz

Edited by: CampTrip.com

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